JOURNAL OF COUNSELING & DEVELOPMENT (JCD)
Christian Counselors and Affirmative Counseling of Lesbian and Gay Clients
Religious value conflicts can be experienced by counselors and clients alike. One area of conflict within the scope of religious values is that of sexual orientation. In a recent study in the Journal of Counseling & Development, Hannah B. Bayne, Luke Harness, Brianna Kane, and Myranda Warfield explore the lived experiences of Christian counselors who self-identify as providing ethical and competent counseling for lesbian and gay (LG) clients.
Their findings suggest that some counselors may feel competent in their professional role even if they continue to experience uncertainty in their personal beliefs and values. They propose that working through value conflicts is a developmental process that can be difficult and lengthy, necessitating a continuation of engagement in awareness and education to comply with professional mandates and provide quality care to LG clients. In addition, they identify strategies for resolving value conflicts and consider the implications for counseling practice.
Facilitating Mental Health Support for LGBT Forced Migrants: A Qualitative Inquiry
article describes the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) forced migrants, who are often fleeing countries where mental illness and being a sexual or gender minority are stigmatized. These LGBT refugees arrive in host countries
with persecution-related mental health problems, and they require affirmative counselors who understand the barriers they face as well as the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, class, and migration processes.
Kahn, S., Alessi, E. J., Kim, H., Woolner, L., & Olivieri, C. J. (2018). Facilitating mental health support for LGBT forced migrants: A qualitative inquiry. Journal of Counseling & Development, 96(3), 316–326.
The Counseling Experiences of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
The counseling experiences of 13 transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals were examined in semistructured, in‐depth interviews. Implications for implementing culturally responsive TGNC affirmative counseling, TGNC sensitive counselor training,
and social justice–oriented research are discussed.
McCullough, R., Dispenza, F., Parker, L. K., Viehl, C. J., Chang, C. Y., & Murphy, T. M. (2017). The counseling experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming clients. Journal of Counseling & Development, 95(4), 423-434.
COUNSELING AND VALUES (CVJ)
Assessing the Intersectionality of Religious and Sexual Identities During the Coming-Out Process
The authors of this article explored the intersectional challenges that
religious lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals face during their coming-out journeys. The Traffic Light Framework for Intersection of Sexual Identity and Religious Development is then proposed to help counselors assess and work with LGB clients.
Shurts, W. M., Kooyman, L., Rogers, R. C., & Burlew, L. (2020). Assessing the intersectionality of religious and sexual identities during the coming-out process. Counseling and Values, 65(1), 15–37.
Counselor Empathy; Religiosity; and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Perspectives
Values‐based conflicts, such as between counselor religiosity and ability to work with
lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients, can present a challenge for counselors seeking to provide ethical, competent care. The authors of this study examined the relationships between counselor religiosity, empathy, and LGB perspectives, as well
as the potential mediating effects of empathy on values conflicts.
Bayne, H. B., Conley, A. H., & Colburn, A. N. (2020). Counselor empathy; religiosity; and lesbian, gay, and bisexual perspectives. Counseling and Values, 65(1), 57–74.
JOURNAL OF ADDICTIONS & OFFENDER COUNSELING (JAOC)
Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in Transgender Communities: The Need for Trans‐Competent SUD Counselors and Facilities
This article provides a lens for viewing transgender clients and demonstrates the need for trans‐competent SUD counseling through a case illustration.
Oberheim, S. Tyler; DePue, M. Kristina; Hagedorn, W. Bryce. (2017) Substance use disorders (SUDS) in transgender communities: The need for trans‐competent SUD counselors and facilities. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 38(4),