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HT062 - Group Counseling with LGBTQI Persons

Kristopher M. Goodrich, PhD, Melissa Luke, PhD

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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”.

Kristopher M. Goodrich, PhD, is the program coordinator and assistant professor of counselor education at the University of New Mexico. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New Mexico. Dr. Goodrich is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA); the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC); the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW); and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). He currently serves as the President-Elect of ALGBTIC as well as the President-Elect-Elect of the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Goodrich has numerous publications focused on increasing the effectiveness of counselor preparation and counselor practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) persons and group work

Melissa Luke, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Counseling program within the department of Counseling and Human Services, School of Education and is an affiliated faculty in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Dr. Luke has fifteen years of experience in the P-12 education context, and she has published extensively in the area of counselor supervision, with a specific focus on school counselors. Dr. Luke’s research interests include school counselor preparation broadly, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of LGBTQ youth. Towards that end, Dr. Luke is involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects including the design and implementation of training simulations that use actors as standardized school stakeholders (administrators, teachers, students, family members), as well as a sociolinguistic examinations of supervisory discourse.

Among others, Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks the following questions:

  1. How did you come to decide this book was needed?
  2. There appears to be a great deal of information related to the intersection of sexual/affectual identity and gender expression. Can you clarify for our listeners some of this?
  3. What is it in particular about group work that is an effective modality of counseling for LGBTQI persons?
  4. What are some key ethical considerations before beginning to conduct group counseling with LGBTQI persons?
  5. How does development factor into group counseling with LGBTQI persons?
    1. What are some of these considerations?
  6. Coming out and disclosure is a common topic in LGBTQI writing. What does your text add to this conversation?
  7. You elected to group LGBTQI persons into a singular focus for the book; however, you have a chapter devoted to Intersex and transgender persons. Could you describe what is unique in terms of this population?
  8. Although there are similarities in group counseling across context, please discuss how the unique settings contribute to group process and outcome?
  9. The couples and families chapter was divided into two parts, one that addressed families of LGBTQI persons and the other, addressing LGBTQI couples and families. What led to the decision to address these separately?
  10. LGBTQI persons are at higher risk for numerous negative outcomes including alcohol and drug addiction. What will readers find in this chapter to help ameliorate this?

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