ERIC Number: EJ719909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
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A Different Kind of "Outing": Training Counsellors to Work with Sexual Minority Clients
Alderson, Kevin G.
Canadian Journal of Counselling, v38 n3 p193-210 Jul 2004
Past research indicates sexual minority training provided to graduate students of counselling psychology is minimal and inadequate (Bahr, Brish, & Croteau, 2000; Morrison & L'Heureux, 2001; Murphy, 1991). Graduates feel unprepared to work competently with sexual-minority individuals, yet Canadian and American Associations require their members to be knowledgeable about sexual orientation and to be competent in providing counselling services to diverse clientele. Results from a four-item questionnaire e-mailed to 14 Canadian universities suggested minimal training is offered to counselling graduate students concerning gay and lesbian psychology and counselling. Following a literature review, a flexible curriculum is suggested for counselling psychology graduate programs that conforms to theorized requirements for both multicultural competency and for effective lesbian, gay, and bisexual affirmative counselling practice.
Descriptors: Counseling Psychology, Sexual Orientation, Homosexuality, Graduate Students, Counselor Training, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Counseling Techniques, Curriculum
Canadian Counselling Association, 116 Albert Street, Suite 702, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G3 Canada. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada