Affirmative Counseling Practices With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People

Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals encounter pervasive discrimination and oppression, which may increase the likelihood they will seek mental health services. To help inform mental health practitioners who may be inadequately prepared to work with TGNC clients, in the article “The Counseling Experiences of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients” authors Rafe McCullough, Franco Dispenza, Lindy K. Parker, Cory J. Viehl, Catharina Y. Chang, and Thomas M. Murphy discuss their study of the counseling experiences of 13 culturally diverse TGNC individuals. Available now in the October issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development, the article contains findings from participant interviews, an in-depth overview of current issues and challenges faced by TGNC populations, and guidance on culturally responsive TGNC affirmative counseling.

FEATURED ARTICLES Volume 95 ■ Number 4 ■ October 2017:

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The Counseling Experiences of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
Rafe McCullough, Franco Dispenza, Lindy K. Parker, Cory J. Viehl, Catharina Y. Chang, & Thomas M. Murphy


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Aspirations, Achievement, and School Counselors’ Impact on the College Transition
Timothy A. Poynton & Richard T. Lapan

The Impact of Life Transition on Emerging Adult Attachment, Social Support, and Well-Being: A Multiple-Group Comparison
Joel A. Lane, Todd W. Leibert, & Emiko Goka-Dubose

Parental Apologies, Empathy, Shame, Guilt, and Attachment: A Path Analysis
Jeremy Ruckstaetter, James Sells, Mark D. Newmeyer, & Daniel Zink 

Self-Stigma of Mental Illness and Help Seeking Among School Counselors
Patrick R. Mullen & Allison Crowe

Adoption Counselors’ Perspectives of Counseling Postadoptive Families
Chloe Lancaster, Elin Ovrebo, & Stephanie Zuckerman

Loneliness as Moderator Between Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth
Melissa Zeligman, Jacquelyn A. Bialo, Jane L. Brack, & Moriah A. Kearney

Effects of Attachment on Coping Efficacy, Career Decision Self-Efficacy, and Life Satisfaction
Stephen L. Wright, Dylan M. Firsick, Jason A. Kacmarski, & Michael A. Jenkins-Guarnieri


Theory & Practice
Highlighting the Challenges When Conducting Cross-National Studies: Use of Transcultural Theory
Cirecie West-Olatunji, Mi Jin Yang, Jeff Wolfgang, Rachel Henesy, & Eunhui Yoon

In Defense of Radical Social Constructivism
R. Rocco Cottone

Using the WDEP System of Reality Therapy to Support Person-Centered Treatment Planning
Robert E. Wubbolding, Willa J. Casstevens, & Michael H. Fulkerson

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