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From Naïf to Activist: Personal Reflections of an Ally
From Naïf to activist: Personal reflections of an ally
JaneGoodmanOakland University

Although there has been increasing attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues in the counseling literature and in multicultural courses for counseling students, there is still a dominant heterosexist discourse. For example, state licenses are usually for marriage and family counseling. The American Counseling Association's (ACA) “family” division is called the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling; and many family systems courses are titled “Marriage and Family.” (I am proud that my institution has a “Couple and Family” course and “Couple and Family” advanced-specialization course sequence.) Multicultural courses usually address the needs of LGBT students and clients, but students tell me that it feels ...

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