This session will focus on how to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and trans (LGBQ+ & Trans) individuals with more affirming counseling environments and relationships. Extrapolating from affirmative therapeutic approaches, tools and guidance will be given on implementing affirming practices at various levels so that counselors, counselor educators, and counseling supervisors can better affirm the LGBQ+ and trans individuals with whom they work.
Identify and differentiate the identities associated with a multiculturally diverse group of individuals identified as LGBQ+ and Trans, as well as discuss and analyze the systemic and societal oppressive factors experienced within these communities.
Classify and relate the barriers for LGBQ+ and Trans individuals and how to address these in counseling, counselor education, and supervision.
Identify and employ affirming practices across counseling, counselor education, and supervision when serving individuals within these communities.
Associate Program Director and Associate Professor,
City University of Seattle
Owner of Private Practice,
Bowling Green State University & Self-Employed