The Preparedness of Counselors in Training to Work with Transgender Clients: A Mixed Methods Investigation

Caroline O'Hara, Franco Dispenza, Gregory Brack, Rebecca A.C. Blood

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Abstract

Although transgender people have increasingly become more visible, there still remains a dearth in the counseling literature regarding counselor preparation with this population. A mixed-method research study was designed to investigate the strengths and gaps in counselor preparedness regarding transgender individuals. In Phase 1, counselors in training (N = 87) from an urban university in the southeastern United States completed a questionnaire on transgender counseling competence. Phase 2 investigated the educative experiences of diverse counselors in training (N = 7) in two separate focus group interviews. The authors converged the results and discuss implications for professional counseling practice and preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-256
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • advocacy
  • counselor education
  • gender identity
  • multicultural competence
  • professional counseling
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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