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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 22: Toward a Discourse of Sexual Orientation Equity in the Counseling Professions

Toward a Discourse of Sexual Orientation Equity in the Counseling Professions
Toward a discourse of sexual orientation equity in the counseling professions
Kathleen J.BieschkeThe Pennsylvania State UniversityJames M.CroteauWestern Michigan UniversityJulianne S.LarkIndependent Practice, Kalamazoo, MIBeverly J.VandiverThe Pennsylvania State University

While great progress has been made on lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) issues in counseling, there remains much ignorance, neglect, and bias (see Croteau, Lark, & Lance, Ch. 1 of this volume). Scholars have reflected on how to counter such biases and advance LGB-affirmative perspectives in counseling. For instance, several recent authors make recommendations concerning the further development of the LGB scholarly literature or the improvement of LGB professional training efforts (e.g. Bieschke, Eberz, Bard, & Croteau, 1998; Bowman, 2003; Croteau, Bieschke, Phillips, & Lark, 1998; Douce, 1998; ...

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