Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



Queer Persons, Experiential Learning, Queer Competency, Multicultural Pedagogy, LGBT Training

Subject Area

Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling


Many counselors report feeling under prepared to effectively work with queer persons. Arguably, this can be mitigated through early intervention within training programs. However, many counseling programs do not adequately prepare their students to work with queer persons. To eliminate this gap in training, this article combines endorsed counseling competencies and experiential learning as an approach to enhance counselor queer training and preparation. This approach primarily framed through the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies, and further supported through the Competencies for Counseling with LGBQQIA Individuals, and the ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling with Transgender Clients can create an encompassing curricula and pedagogical framework for counselor educators.



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