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Deconstructing Heterosexism in the Counseling Professions uses the personal narratives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual counseling psychologists and counselor educators to deconstruct the heterosexist discourse in the counseling professions, envision a discourse of sexual orientation equity, and make practical suggestions for addressing sexual orientation in professional life. The narrative approach encompasses a diversity of stories and experiences including an emphasis on racial and cultural contexts. These narratives and their analyses serve as a means for the individual and collective self examination that is needed to move LGB affirmative practice, training, and scholarship from the margins to the center of what it means to be a counseling professional.
Chapter 11: From Naïf to Activist: Personal Reflections of an Ally
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 ...