Girls' and Women's Issues in Counseling: A Theory-Based Course Design


Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice, Counselor Education, 122 Peabody Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (e-mail:


In this article, the development of a master's-level course regarding girls' and women's issues in counseling is described. First, the pedagogical foundation for the course design is highlighted. Second, the learning goals for the course are outlined: (a) knowledge of counseling issues pertinent to girls and women in contemporary society, (b) development of effective interventions based on gender-informed counseling approaches, and (c) awareness of counselors' advocacy role in improving the situation of girls and women. Corresponding teaching methods and class activities are also provided.