Psychologists' Competence To Treat Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients: State of the Field and Strategies for Improvement

Heather Z. Lyons, Kathleen J. Bieschke, Anna K. Dendy, Roger L. Worthington, Randy Georgemiller

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Abstract

Recognizing research which suggests that many practicing psychologists enter the field without training or with inadequate training in the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to treat lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients, the authors in this Focus on Ethics provide suggestions for psychologists seeking competence with this population. In the lead article, Lyons fleshes out the contours of competent practice, presents the current state of psychologist competence, and calls for greater levels of competence. Next, Bieschke and Dendy respond by applying the Ethical Acculturation Model to describe the question of competence for those who may come from cultures not condoning of an LGB affirmative stance. Worthington provides hypotheses for the current rates of competence in the field and encourages the use of evidenced-based training and practice to increase competence. Finally, Georgemiller confirms the role of practicing psychologists who are heterosexual allies and identifies resources for gaining competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-434
Number of pages11
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

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  • Psychology(all)

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