ERIC Number: EJ878966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
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Does Affirmative Training Matter? Assessing CFT Students' Beliefs about Sexual Orientation and Their Level of Affirmative Training
Rock, Monica; Carlson, Thomas Stone; McGeorge, Christi R.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v36 n2 p171-184 Apr 2010
This study examined couple and family therapy (CFT) students' beliefs about sexual orientation, their self-reported competency working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients, and the level of affirmative training students received in their CFT programs. One hundred and ninety students from accredited CFT programs completed the study. While participants reported feeling only somewhat competent to work with LGB clients and less than half reported receiving any training on affirmative therapy, the majority of the participants did appear to hold positive attitudes toward LGB clients. The results support the literature arguing for CFT programs to include specific training on affirmative therapy practices, as the level of affirmative training was directly related to participants' self-reported clinical competency working with LGB clients.
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Homosexuality, Family Counseling, Therapy, Competence, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Counselor Training
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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