Recommended ACA Resources for Assisting LGBTQ Clients

ACA statement on ban of transgender people in the military:

On July 26, U.S. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he would ban all transgender individuals from military service. The American Counseling Association values an inclusive society where people are not discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, religion, age, or sexual identity. Although we understand that certain guidelines surrounding military service must exist, identifying as transgender should never be a disqualifying factor for persons currently on active duty or those in the reserves, nor for those who wish to serve in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.


Affirmative Counseling With LGBTQI+ People
Misty M. Ginicola, Cheri Smith, and Joel M. Filmore
This current and comprehensive handbook will guide educators, students, and clinicians in developing the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to work effectively with LGBTQI+ populations. Twenty-five chapters written by experts provide direction for working with clients in an authentic, ethical, and affirmative manner that is tailored to their individual strengths, needs, and identity.

Group Counseling With LGBTQI Persons
Kristopher M. Goodrich and Melissa Luke
This unique resource provides strengths-based, group counseling strategies designed to meet the needs of LGBTQI clients in a variety of settings. Drs. Goodrich and Luke capture the developmental concerns of LGBTQI individuals throughout the life cycle as they establish and maintain intimate relationships, create families, encounter career concerns, and navigate other milestones and transitions. Illustrative case examples and interventions throughout the text, as well as warnings and recommendations, make this an ideal resource for practice and group work courses.

Casebook for Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Their Families
Sari H. Dworkin and Mark Pope

This captivating book contains 31 case studies that focus on what is said and done in actual counseling sessions with LGBTQQI clients, including diagnosis; interventions, treatment goals, and outcomes; transference and countertransference issues; other multicultural considerations; and recommendations for further counseling or training.

Youth at Risk
David Capuzzi and Douglas R. Gross

In the latest edition of this best-selling text, David Capuzzi and Douglas Gross, along with 24 experts in the field provide a prevention–intervention paradigm to address contemporary issues facing today’s youth. Written from a systemic perspective, this book offers guidance in helping teens who are struggling with the complex challenges that can be brought on by peers, family members, and difficult social environments.

Ethical Standards Casebook
Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey

The seventh edition of this top-selling text is a comprehensive resource for understanding the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and applying its principles to daily practice. Each individual standard of the Code is presented with an explanatory case vignette, and a Study and Discussion Guide is provided at the beginning of each major section of the Code to stimulate thought and discussion. Common ethical concerns, with instructive case studies, are then explored. Chapters new to this edition examine managing value conflicts and the issues surrounding new technology, social media, and online counseling.

A Counselor´s Guide to Working With Men
Matt Englar-Carlson, Marcheta P. Evans, and Thelma Duffey

This book examines a variety of critical issues pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and presents successful, evidence-based strategies for treatment. The editors and their contributing authors express an empathic understanding about male socialization and explore why men are often reluctant to seek counseling. Examples and vignettes throughout the text provide clinical relevance, and reflective questions in each chapter encourage readers to explore their own biases and ideas about working with men.


Journal Articles

Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD)

ACA publishes the Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD) and nine ACA division journals. Explore more than 90 years of research or set up email alerts for specific content related to LGBTQ counseling. To get started, visit the Wiley Online Library. Once you’ve established a user profile, the process is simple and settings can be changed at any time. Note: Current ACA members have full online access to the latest issue of JCD, as well as the JCD archives. Division journals are also fully accessible to current division members. In addition, you can set up Content Alerts for any of the more than 1,500 journals in the Wiley Online Library covering a wide range of topics. Pay a small fee to access full text of specific articles that are relevant to your research or interests.

October 2016
Singh, A. N., & Moss, L. (2016). Using relational-cultural theory in LGBTQQ counseling: Addressing heterosexism and enhancing relational competencies. Journal of Counseling & Development, 94, 398–404. doi:10.1002/jcad.12098

July 2016
Sells, J. M., & Hagedorn, W. B. (2016). CACREP accreditation, ethics, and the affirmation of both religious and sexual identities: A response to Smith and Okech. Journal of Counseling & Development, 94, 265–279. doi:10.1002/jcad.12083

Smith, L. C., & Okech, J. E. A. (2016). Ethical issues raised by CACREP accreditation of programs within institutions that disaffirm or disallow diverse sexual orientations. Journal of Counseling & Development, 94, 252–264. doi:10.1002/jcad.12082

Smith, L. C., & Okech, J. E. A. (2016). Negotiating CACREP accreditation practices, religious diversity, and sexual orientation diversity: A rejoinder to Sells and Hagedorn. Journal of Counseling & Development, 94, 280–284. doi:10.1002/jcad.12084

October 2015
Ikonomopoulos, J., Smith, R. L., & Schmidt, C. (2015). Integrating narrative therapy within rehabilitative programming for incarcerated adolescents. Journal of Counseling & Development, 93, 460–470. doi:10.1002/jcad.12044 

October 2014
Greene, D. C., Britton, P. J., & Fitts, B. (2014). Long-term outcomes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender recalled school victimization. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 406–417. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00167.x

Whisenhunt, J. L., Chang, C. Y., Flowers, L. R., Brack, G. L., O’Hara, C., & Raines, T. C. (2014). Working with clients who self-injure: A grounded theory approach. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 387–397. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00165.x

April 2014

Francis, P. C., Dugger, S. M. (Eds.) (2014) Professionalism, ethics, and value-based conflicts in counseling [Special section]. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 148–201.

Bauerband, L. A., & Galupo, M. P. (2014). The Gender Identity Reflection and Rumination Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 219–231. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00151.x

Singh, A. S., Meng, S. E., & Hansen, A. W. (2014). “I am my own gender”: Resilience strategies of trans youth. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92, 208–218. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00150.x 

Counseling and Values (CVJ)

April 2015
McGlasson, T. D., Rubel, D. (2015). My soul to take: A phenomenology of the struggle for an authentic gay spirituality. Counseling and Values, 60, 14–31. doi:10.1002/j.2161-007X.2015.00058.x 

October 2014
Rosik, C. H., Popper, P. (2014). Clinical approaches to conflicts between religious values and same-sex attractions: Contrasting gay-affirmative, sexual identity, and change-oriented models of therapy. Counseling and Values, 59, 222–237. doi:10.1002/j.2161-007X.2014.00053.x

April 2014
Wood, A. W., Conley A. H. (2014). Loss of religious or spiritual identities among the LGBT population. Counseling and Values, 59, 95–111. doi:10.1002/j.2161-007X.2014.00044.x 

Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling (JAOC)

October 2016
Russett, J. L. (2016). Best practices start with screening: A closer look at screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in adolescent, military, and LGBTQ populations. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 37, 116–126. doi:10.1002/jaoc.12020

October 2015
Doumas, D. M., King, M., Stallworth, C., Peterson, P., & Lundquist, A. (2015). Evaluation of a parent-based intervention for at-risk adolescents. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 36, 66–80. doi:10.1002/jaoc.12004 

April 2015
Allen, K. R., & Bradley, L. (2015). Career counseling with juvenile offenders: Effects on self-efficacy and career maturity. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 36, 28–42. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1874.2015.00033.x 

Journal of College Counseling (JCC)

October 2016
Conley, A. H., & Griffith, C. (2016). Trauma-informed response in the age of Title IX: Considerations for college counselors working with survivors of power-based personal violence. Journal of College Counseling, 19, 276–288. doi:10.1002/jocc.12049

July 2016
Buser, J. K., & Gibson, S. (2016). Attachment to God/Higher Power and bulimic symptoms among college women. Journal of College Counseling, 19, 124–137. doi:10.1002/jocc.12036

Goldberg, D. B. (2016). Impact of childhood sexual abuse on college student development: A seven-vectors perspective. Journal of College Counseling, 19, 168–179. doi:10.1002/jocc.12039

April 2016
Aviña, V., & Day, S. X. (2016). Eating disorders: Explanatory variables in Caucasian and Hispanic college women. Journal of College Counseling, 19, 31–44. doi:10.1002/jocc.12029

Bayne, H. B. (2016). Helping gay and lesbian students integrate sexual and religious identities. Journal of College Counseling, 19, 61–75. doi:10.1002/jocc.12031

October 2015
Buser, T. J., Peterson, C. H., & Kearney, A. (2015). Self-efficacy pathways between relational aggression and nonsuicidal self-injury. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 195–208. doi:10.1002/jocc.12014

Whisenhunt, J. L., Chang, C. Y., Brack, G. L., Orr, J., Adams, L. G., Paige, M. R., . .
O’Hara, C. (2015). Self-injury and suicide: Practical information for college counselors. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 275–288. doi:10.1002/jocc.12020

July 2015
Doumas, D. M., & Midgett, A. (2015). Ethnic differences in drinking motives and alcohol use among college athletes. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 116–129. doi:10.1002/jocc.12009

Kress, V. E., Newgent, R. A., Whitlock, J., & Mease, L. (2015). Spirituality/religiosity, life satisfaction, and life meaning as protective factors for nonsuicidal self-injury in college students. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 160–174. doi:10.1002/jocc.12012

Lewis, T. F., & Wahesh, E. (2015). Perceived norms and marijuana use at historically Black colleges and universities. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 130–143. doi:10.1002/jocc.12010

April 2015
DePue, M. K., & Hagedorn, W. B. (2015). Facilitating college students’ recovery through the use of collegiate recovery programs. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 66–81. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2015.00069.x

Hays, D. G., Michel, R. E., Bayne, H. B., Neuer Colburn, A. A., and Myers, J. S. (2015). Counseling with HEART: A relationship violence prevention program for college students. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 49–65. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2015.00068.x

Napper, L. E., LaBrie, J. W., & Hummer, J. F. (2015). Anxiety and the use of alcohol-related protective behavioral strategies. Journal of College Counseling, 18, 21–36. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2015.00066.x

October 2014
Effrig, J. C., Maloch, J. K., McAleavey, A., Locke, B. D., & Bieschke, K. J. (2014). Change in depressive symptoms among treatment-seeking college students who are sexual minorities. Journal of College Counseling, 17, 271–285. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2014.00063.x

Giordano, A. L., & Cashwell, C. S. (2014). Exploring the relationship between social interest, social bonding, and collegiate substance abuse. Journal of College Counseling, 17, 222–235. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2014.00059.x

July 2014
Brownson, C., Becker, M. S., Shadick, R., Jaggars, S. S., & Nitkin-Kaner, Y. (2014). Suicidal behavior and help seeking among diverse college students. Journal of College Counseling, 17, 116–130. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2014.00052.x

Doumas, D. M., Nelson, K., DeYoung, A., & Renteria, C. C. (2014). Alcohol-related consequences among first-year university students: Effectiveness of a web-based personalized feedback program. Journal of College Counseling, 17, 150–162. doi:10.1002/j.2161-1882.2014.00054.x 

The Career Development Quarterly (CDQ)

December 2016
dickey, l. m., Walinsky, D., Rofkahr, C., Richardson-Cline, K., & Juntunen, C. (2016). Career decision self-efficacy of transgender people: Pre- and posttransition. The Career Development Quarterly, 64, 360–372. doi:10.1002/cdq.12071

December 2015
Allan, B. A., Tebbe, E. A., Duffy, R. D., & Autin, K. L. (2015). Living a calling, life satisfaction, and workplace climate among a lesbian, gay, and bisexual population. The Career Development Quarterly, 63, 306–319. doi:10.1002/cdq.12030

December 2014
Prati, G., & Pietrantoni, L. (2014). Coming out and job satisfaction: A moderated mediation model. The Career Development Quarterly, 62, 358–371. doi:10.1002/j.2161-0045.2014.00088.x



 HT066 - Queer People of Color
Adrienne N. Erby, PhD, NCC and Christian D. Chan, MA, NCC

The presenters discuss Queer People of Color and Intersectionality Issues in Counseling. Dr. Erby and Mr. Chan explain the history of the term “queer people of color” and offers practical suggestions to help counselors better assist clients with unique experiences and cultural identities. Assessment, minority stress, suggestions to help clients and the concept of intersectionality are defined. Finally, the presenters offer suggestions to explore the cultural context as a way for counselors to understand the needs of their clients.

 HT062 - Group Counseling with LGBTQI Persons
Kristopher M. Goodrich, PhD, Melissa Luke, PhD

Where does sexual/affectual identity and gender expression intersect? The authors discuss terms which may be new to some listeners. Group work appears to be a modality that is effective for LGBTQI persons. The authors discuss why that is the case. Ethical considerations are also discussed, along with the disclosure and "coming out."



Trauma Webinar Series
Clinical, school, and college counselors:
This is your chance to explore the increasingly complex topic of trauma across the spectrum of counseling. Learn how to complete a thorough, thoughtful assessment and then dive deeper into timely, specific topics.
  • ABCs of Trauma: Introductory Session with Stephen Lenz, Ph.D., LPC
  • Children and Trauma with Kimberly N. Frazier, Ph.D.
  • Dissociation and Trauma Spectrum with Mike Dubi, Ed.D., LMHC
  • Counseling Refugees with Rachael D. Goodman, Ph.D., LPC
  • Human Trafficking with Jared S. Rose, MA, LPC/CR, NCC
  • Counseling School and College Students with Julie A. Cerrito, Ph.D., Richard Joseph Behun, Ph.D., and Eric W. Owens, Ph.D.
  • Traumatic Stress and Marginalized Groups with Cercie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D.
Confronting the Darkness: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Suicide Assessment, and Counselor Self-Care After Client Suicide
As a professional counselor, you learn to conduct a suicide assessment in graduate school. How long has it been since you put that knowledge to use? If a suicidal client is sitting before you today, are you confident in your approach to suicide assessment as well as non-suicidal self-injury (i.e., "cutting")?


Learning Modules

ACA and HRC Foundation Successfully Launch Educational Initiative to Empower Counselors in Serving the LGBTQ Community

The first offering in a new series of free online learning modules focused on critical skills and insights in counseling LGBTQ youth and young adults on college and career readiness concerns.

Emotional distress among LGBTQ people, particularly youth, remains pervasive. LGBTQ young people face disproportionately high rates of harassment and bullying in school, rejection from family, and social stigma. Studies show that they are at higher risk of failing academically, dropping out of school, and navigating their teen years without the support of parents or other engaged caring adults. As a result, LGBTQ youth often give up on the idea of pursuing post-secondary education, or some are thrust into the workforce with too little preparation or support for long-term success.

Recognizing this need, ACA and the HRC Foundation collaborated to produce a free online professional development course on LGBTQ-affirmative counseling competencies. The project was made possible by the Pepsico Foundation. To date, more than 4,000 counseling professionals have registered for the first learning module, Supporting LGBTQ Youth With Lifespan Development.

“The true success is seeing so many counselors committed to helping the LGBTQ community. We are thrilled counselors are taking advantage of this free resource," said Lynn Linde, ACA's Senior Director or the Center for Counseling Practice, Policy and Research.

Supporting LGBTQ Youth With Lifespan Development is still available and open to all. More modules coming soon. Click here to learn more or register.
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