Counseling Competencies: LGBTQ Counseling

Counseling Competencies: LGBTQ Counseling

The American Counseling Association produly offers this FREE online professional development course on LGBTQ-affirmative counseling competencies. This introductory course (lessons 1-5) is produced in collaboration with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) and made possible through a grant by PepsiCo Foundation. 

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The American Counseling Association, in collaboration with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, proudly offers this FREE online professional development course on LGBTQ-affirmative counseling competencies. This course also includes continuing education (CE) content from the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics.

Emotional distress among LGBTQ people, particularly youth, remains pervasive. LGBTQ young people face disproportionately high rates of harassment and bullying in school, rejection from family, and social stigma. Studies show that they are at higher risk of failing academically, dropping out of school, and navigating their teen years without the support of parents or other engaged caring adults. As a result, LGBTQ youth often give up on the idea of pursuing post-secondary education, or some are thrust into the workforce with too little preparation or support for long-term success.  

This course on LGBTQ-affirmative counseling competencies is composed of five individual lessons. Each lesson will be offered as an ACA FREE CE of the Month. The Pre-Assessment is the first required activity for Lesson One. This activity is part of your CE learning time and will last approximately eight (8) minutes. Thanks for your participation.

Activities Included:

HRC Pre-Assessment

HRC Pre-Assessment Wrap Up

It's essential for counselors to understand how to offer LGBTQ-affirmative counseling services to clients, students and allies. LGBTQ youth are less likely than others to pursue post-secondary opportunities due to adversity, oppression and/or discrimination.This five-part distance learning series discusses competencies needed for practitioners to counsel LGBTQ clients and students.

Participants will reflect on:

  • Counselor self-awareness and critical skills needed to counsel LGBTQ youth and young adults,
  • Introductory review of terms and concepts related to LGBTQ-affirmative counseling,
  • Review of ACA 2014 Code of Ethics (C.5 Nondiscrimination), and
  • Introduction to counseling competencies designed to help clients and students with issues related to sexual and affectional orientation, gender identity and expression.

This is a required activity for Lesson One. Participants who successfully complete all five lessons and required activities included in this course will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion (Counseling Competencies: Improving College and Career Readiness for LGBTQ Youth).


Activities Included:

Welcome / Introduction

Video for Lesson One

Resources

References

Evaluation / CE Test

In this lesson, professional counselors will focus on the common challenges faced by LGBTQ youth and young adults. Common misconceptions about LGBTQ people will be dispelled and you’ll explore how homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia impact college and career readiness for LGBTQ youth. A baseline competency for counseling LGBTQ individuals sets the stage to increase counselor awareness of affirmative interventions. Emphasis on creating a LGBTQ-inclusive environment is a strong foundation to this next lesson.

Participants will reflect on:

  • Helping LGBTQ young people who face family rejection, bullying, and a sense of disconnection,
  • Introducing national data on risks attributed to anti-LGBTQ stigma,
  • Reviewing misconceptions about LGBTQ youth and hurtful language,
  • Examining how professional counselors work with LGBTQ youth of color, youth with disabilities, etc.
  • Explaining exclusionary discipline practices and the school-to-prison pipeline.
This is a required activity for Lesson Two. Participants who successfully complete all five lessons and required activities included in this course will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion (Counseling Competencies: Improving College and Career Readiness for LGBTQ Youth).


Activities Included:

Welcome / Introduction

Expanding our Awareness of LGBTQ Issues

Video for Lesson Two

Conclusion

Resources

References

Evaluation / CE Test

In this lesson, professional counselors will focus on unique concerns and considerations of LGBTQ youth
regarding entry to workforce and higher education and the benefits and risks youth experience when
disclosing LGBTQ identity. A baseline competency for counseling LGBTQ individuals sets the stage
to increase counselor awareness of intersectionality and diverse identity. Emphasis on gender identity and gender expression are a core parts of this lesson.

Participants will reflect on:

  • Counseling issues and practices related gender identity and gender expression,
  • Discrimination challenges LGBTQ people face when they are beginning college and entering the workforce,
  • Counseling interventions intended to help LGBTQ clients and students with college and career readiness, and
  • Strategies to help professional counselors have conversations with LGBT youth and young adults.


This is a required activity for Lesson Three. Participants who successfully complete all five lessons and required activities included in this course will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion (Counseling Competencies: Improving College and Career Readiness for LGBTQ Youth).

Activities Included:

Welcome \ Introduction

The Impact of Disclosure

Video for Lesson Three

Conclusion

Resources

References

Evaluation / CE Test

In his lesson, professional counselors will develop competency-based skills which help the counselor work with trans and gender-expansive youth and young adults. This lesson explores common barriers faced by trans and gender-expansive youth in college and employment settings and become familiar with best practices for supporting and advocating for them.

Participants will reflect on:

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  • Concepts of gender identity and expression,
  • Diversity of experiences of trans outh and young adults as they relate to career and college readiness,
  • Opportunities for student and client advocacy, and
  • Documentation, healthcare, restroom access, pronouns and housing.

This is a required activity for Lesson Four. Participants who successfully complete all five lessons and required activities included in this course will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion (Counseling Competencies: Improving College and Career Readiness for LGBTQ Youth).

Activities Included:

Welcome / Introduction

Helping Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth

Video for Lesson Four

Conclusion

Resources

References

Evaluation / CE Test

In his lesson, professional counselors will look at case studies on counseling LGBTQ youth and young adults. First-person narratives will highlight questions, concerns and challenges they experience regarding “being out” and authentic. The lesson focuses on the pursuit of job placements, exploration of career options and selection of a college or university.

Participants will reflect on:

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  • Highlight policies on LGBTQ inclusion in colleges,
    universities and workplace settings.
  • Increase understanding of the risks and benefits
    to being out as LGBTQ when pursuing employment
    and when applying to higher education.
  • Understand the role of family and peer acceptance
    as a factor in college and career choices.



This is a required activity for Lesson One. Participants who successfully complete all five lessons and required activities included in this course will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion (Counseling Competencies: Improving College and Career Readiness for LGBTQ Youth).


Activities Included:

Welcome / Introduction

LGBTQ College and Career Readiness Case Studies

Video for Lesson Five

Conclusion

Resources

References

Evaluation / CE Test

The Post-Assessment is a required activity to earn a your CE for Lesson Five and the Certificate of Competence. This actiivity is part of your CE learning time and will last approximately ten (10) minutes.

Activities Included:

HRC Post-Assessment


Complete this last activity and receive your Certificate of Completion. Congratulations on completing ACA's first online course for professional counselors!



This course and CE's are offered by the American Counseling Association as a free resource to professional counselors, counseling students and other professionals.This introductory course (lessons 1-5) is produced in collaboration with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) and made possible through a grant by PepsiCo Foundation.

Activities Included:

Final Exam