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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.

Drawing from the Collective Wisdom of LGB-Affirmative Counseling Professionals: Reflections on Affect, Relationships, and Power
Drawing from the collective wisdom of LGB-affirmative counseling professionals: Reflections on affect, relationships, and power
Melissa A.LidderdaleWestern Michigan UniversityJulianne S.LarkIndependent Practice, Kalamazoo, MichiganJoy S.WhitmanDePaul University

Bieschke, Croteau, Lark, and Vandiver's (Ch. 22) discussion of the status of the discourse on sexual orientation in the counseling professions captured the continued complexity and necessity of the work ahead. It is clear that the heterosexist dominant discourse in the counseling professions has begun to be dismantled, but it is also clear that the lesbian-, gay-, and bisexual (LGB)-affirmative counterdiscourse must deepen and expand. This chapter, therefore, will build on Bieschke and her colleagues' discussion of the implications of the narratives for deconstructing the heterosexist dominant ...

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