LGBTQ Issues

LGBTQ Issues


Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ACAC Session
Program ID #424, Poster Area 8
ACAC Presents: Foundations of Counseling with LGBTQ Youth

30-Minute Poster Session
Jeffry Moe, Katherine M. Bacon 
ACAC Presents counselors hoping to act as competent allies with and on behalf of LGBTQ youth are not alone; numerous frameworks exist for conceptualizing affirmative practice at the individual, group, family, and system level. Over the past two decades, studies on the wellness and development of LGBTQ youth consistently identify that these youth would benefit most from open and affirming relationships, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug education, and comprehensive sexuality education. Counselors will be presented a model for practice based on critical literature review and the integration of the ASCA National Model, advocacy competencies, ALGBTIC competencies, and the tenets of systemic consultation.


Friday, March 28
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Program ID #455, Poster Area 7
Trans-ing the Binary: A Phenomenological Study of Gender Identity and Gender Expression

30-Minute Poster Session
Carol Doyle, Margaret H. Eichler 
Throughout their lives, transgendered folks trans- or cross the boundaries and assumptions that society has about gender. For some, this trans-ing involves crossing the borders of traditional gender categories, living in the world and creating their own gender identity/expression beyond the tethers of a binary conceptualization. This poster presents findings from a phenomenological study of the lived experiences of people who are trans-ing the binary. Findings include participants’ understanding of their own gender identity, gender expression, gender fluidity, and sexual orientation. Participants’ experiences of not conforming to societal gender norms and societal reactions to their gender atypicality also are presented.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #506, Poster Area 6
LGBT Elderly: Challenges and Applications to Counseling

30-Minute Poster Session
Debbie Frederiksen, Daniel B. Kissinger 
Research indicates that between 5% and 10% of the U.S. population identify as LGBT (Grant, 2010). “Given the tremendous proportional growth of the 50 and older population expected in the next few decades, the number of self-identified LGBT older adults will more than double by 2030” (Fredriksen-Goldsen et al., 2011). Often referred to as the “invisible minority,” this growing population is largely underrepresented in gerontological literature and yet the issues they face are clearly distinct and evident. The presenters will shine a light on this “invisible minority” and promote cultural competency within the counseling profession.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #510, Poster Area 10
Being Bullied in School: Experiences of Students Who Identify as LGBTQ

30-Minute Poster Session
Mandi Gordon 
Sexual orientation is the second most common reason that students get bullied in school, and LGBTQ students report being bullied and feeling unsafe at school more frequently than their heterosexual counterparts. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the negative experiences that students who self-identify as LGBTQ have had with regards to bullying related to their perceived or actual sexual orientation. Five semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants who self-identify as LGBTQ. Three themes were identified: transformation through storytelling, the many forms of bullying, and supportive and non-supportive factors. Findings and reflections of the process will be presented.


Saturday, March 29
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ACEG Session
Program ID #523, Poster Area 7
Out of the Closet and into the Ranks: A Group Counseling Approach for Military Veterans

30-Minute Poster Session
Eric Price, Nick P. Patras 
Until late 2011, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy prevented people serving in the U.S. military from disclosing their sexual identity to others. Although the law is no longer in effect today, the negative stigma and poor treatment of gay veterans still exist. The purpose of this poster is to investigate the impact of the lasting effects of DADT on gay military veterans, examine the benefits of providing this population with group counseling, present an example of a six-week group curriculum that employs interventions related to merging conflicting identities often experienced by gay veterans, address the effectiveness and limitations of the proposed group curriculum, and provide strategies to employ these group activities with military families.


Saturday, March 29
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #547, Poster Area 15
Going Out On a Limb: Advocating for LGBTQ Youth Using the At-Risk Tree Model

30-Minute Poster Session
Richard Joseph Behun, Julie Cerrito 
Like a tree needs a good gardener to provide the nourishment and support it requires in order to grow to its fullest potential, LGBTQ youth need a good advocate to provide those same qualities to ensure that they, too, have the opportunity to grow to theirs. This poster will introduce transformative leaders in counseling to the metaphorical "At-Risk-Tree" model as a theoretical and organizational framework to advocate for LGBTQ youth, starting from the ground-up.


Saturday, March 29
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Program ID #571, Poster Area 7
Transgender Youth: Strategies for Increasing Safety, Awareness, and Inclusion in Schools

30-Minute Poster Session
Catherine Griffith, Patrick Mullen 
The growing recognition of transgender youth carries important implications for counselors. Faced with additional unique obstacles in schools, this poster will outline proactive strategies that can be used to create a safe environment, establish resources, and increase awareness and inclusion to improve the lives of this emerging community. Leave this poster armed with information, ideas, and ample resources to make sites safer, welcoming, and effective for gender-nonconforming clients.


Saturday, March 29
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Program ID #577, Poster Area 13
Counseling Conservative Religious Clients: A Primer for Addressing LGBT and Gender Issues

30-Minute Poster Session
Robyn Brammer 
CACREP has begun emphasizing the importance of religious-based cultures. However, many practitioners have only a cursory knowledge of various religions and little understanding of how to address sensitive topics within various religious cultures. This poster will provide the key religious texts regarding LGB practices, transgender (and eunuchs), sex outside of marriage, and perceptions on divorce. All of these issues can lead to profound anxiety for clients, and counselors should have a basic understanding of how the religious worldview impacts their thoughts and decisions.

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$615

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$505

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Preconference Learning Institutes

Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

Professional / regular
Day: $170
Evening: $125

New Professional / student / retiree
Day: $125
Evening: $100

Non-member Attendee
Day: $230
Evening: $185

Non-member student
Day: $185
Evening: $160

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