Vistas Online 2017

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Enhancing Counselors’ Cultural Competency When Working With Lesbian-Headed Families During the Processes of Family Formation, Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth

Jessica L. Danielson and Jill R. Nelson


Recent research indicates that there is an increase of lesbian-headed families who are choosing to start families. As a result, lesbians are increasingly more visible in maternity health care services. There is limited research available regarding lesbian family formulation and even more scarce is research on implications of practice for counselors working with lesbian-headed families. As lesbians increasingly opt to start families, there will be a growing need for lesbian-affirmative counselors that can address various concerns and challenges specific to lesbian-headed families. The purpose of this article is to enhance counselors’ cultural competency when working with lesbian-headed families to better
facilitate discussions surrounding family formation, conception, pregnancy, and birth.
Keywords: lesbian families, lesbian mothers, fertility counseling

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