ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF CURRICULA FOR PREPARING THERAPISTS TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH LESBIAN, GAY, AND BISEXUAL CLIENTS: A DELPHI STUDY

Authors


  • Katie Godfrey, MS, Shelley A. Haddock, PhD, Avery Fisher, BA, and Lori Lund, MS, Human Development and Family Studies Department, Colorado State University.

Address correspondence to the second author at 105 Gifford Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80525, e-mail: haddock@cahs.colostate.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge, experiences, and values that therapists should possess to provide quality therapy services to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) persons and their families. Using the Delphi method, consensus from a panel of experts on LGB topics was obtained on the components that training curricula should ideally include to prepare therapists adequately to work with this population. Panelists provide suggestions for important therapist values and qualities, key theoretical orientations, common issues of LGB clients and their support persons, key components of assessment and interventions, ethical and legal issues, and recommended materials. The panelists stress self-of-the-therapist work and development of a systemic perspective as critical aspects of training. The role of sexuality was deemphasized. Recommendations to training programs based on these findings are provided.

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