Developing the Fearless School Counselor Ally and Advocate for LGBTQIQ Youth: Strategies for Preparation Programs

Matthew J. Beck, Meredith A. Rausch, Susannah M. Wood

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Abstract

To better serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning (LGBTQIQ) youth population, counselor educators can assist school counselors-in-training in developing advocacy competencies within their training programs. A focus on advocacy competencies outlined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards, and infusion of techniques throughout the education process, may increase levels of comfort for neophyte school counselors-in-training when working with LGBTQIQ youth. To increase efficacy in this multicultural population, myriad environments representative of the systemic nature of the school environment and culture must be examined and explored through training processes. These authors discuss intervention strategies for counselor educators to develop future school counselor advocacy, which align with the ACA advocacy competency domain areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-375
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • LGBTQIQ ally
  • advocacy
  • counselor education
  • school counseling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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