≪Organizer Abstract≫
Counselors working with students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) are responsible for understanding and affirming their clients' diverse mental health needs. Psychologists from Japan and the United States will provide a culturally contextualized review of research on affirmative psychotherapy practices with student LGBTIQ clients. Speakers will focus on resources and interventions for developing clinical competencies for both practitioners and supervisors in school-affiliated counseling center settings. Presenters will discuss methods of presenting counseling services as LGBTIQ friendly, the merits of individual and support group formats, and criteria for making referrals. Presenters will conclude with example programs with LGBTIQ student clients, including collaborative efforts between university counseling programs and academic programs (e.g., gender studies). Speakers will also describe the unique role of local non-profit organizations in filling gaps through successful alliances with schools, including pragmatic issues of networking, service delivery, social event planning, funding, and research.
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