School Counselor Competency and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth

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Journal of School Counseling, Vol: 10, Issue: 3

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Byrd, Rebekah J.; Hays, Danica
counselor self-awareness; LGBTQ sexual identity development; affirmative school climate; counseling; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Student Counseling and Personnel Services
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Much research has been dedicated to the difficulties LGBTQ individuals face. Further, school counselors have been challenged to assist LGBTQ individuals in the school setting. Being aware of the specific issues and being educated about specific ways to assist these individuals enable school counselors to be more effective clinicians (DePaul, Walsh, & Dam, 2009). This article will address three components of counselor preparation and affirmative school counseling interventions: counselor self-awareness, LGBTQ sexual identity development, and LGBTQ-affirmative school climate. For each component, an activity is presented to assist professional school counselors become more LGBTQ-affirmative.