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J Lesbian Stud. 2002 Oct;6(3-4):111-20. doi: 10.1300/J155v06n03_10.

Practitioner training for counseling lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.

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  • 1a Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology , Western Michigan University , USA.


SUMMARY The combined effects of heterosexual bias and lack of formal training on lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) issues are hypothesized to manifest inappropriate mental health practitioner behaviors. Research on graduate therapist training and student attitudes has found heterosexual bias and inadequacies in preparation to serve LGB clients. The need for graduate level training of mental health practitioners is apparent. This article reviews recommended training methods for providing training in LGB issues. A psychoeducational model developed to concurrently increase trainee awareness, knowledge, and skills in counseling LGB people is presented. Suggestions for implementation of curricula and strategies for use in addressing heterosexism in the training environment are also provided.


Gay; bisexual; counselor; lesbian; training

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