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Supporting Trans Students
The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics C.5. Non-discrimination states that “Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination against prospective or current clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion/spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/ partnership status, language preference, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or any basis proscribed by law” (p. 9). Therefore, it is crucial for counselors to recognize their ethical responsibility and duty to foster an open, safe, and supportive environment for trans students equal to their cisgender (i.e., those whose birth sex is congruent with their gender identity) peers.
Malvika Behl, Ph.D, NCC, West Texas A&M University
Tracy Ferezan, M.S., LCDCi, Walden University
John Watson, MS, LPC, Drexel University
Justin Jacques, Ed.S., LPC, CAC II, ACS, NCC, Penn State Medical School
College Counselor Resource Guide for Working with Transgender Students
One of the challenges facing college counselors and counseling centers is having competency in working with transgender students or those who are considering a gender related transition. A majority of training programs at the masters and doctoral level do not provide adequate training and resources to work with this marginalized population to the level of achieving competency in clinical practice. As such, this guide was created so that a collection of resources are located in one place for college counselors to have access to this specialized knowledge when working with transgender college students. The hope is that this guide will be a starting point and help you, the college counselor, obtain the answers and resources needed to increase greater proficiency and to improve treatment outcomes for this underserved population. This knowledge is crucial as this population is increasingly seeking services at university counseling centers.
Resource List Editors:
Justin Jacques, Ed.S., LPC, CEAP, CAC II, NCC, ACS, The George Washington University
Andrea Parodi, Ed.S., NCC, The George Washington University
Increased Need for Counseling Services
Through a collaboration between the PAPA Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee this PAPA paper looks at the increased need for counseling services.
Malvika Behl, Ph.D, NCC, West Texas A&M University
Michelle Sullivan, Student, Rollins College - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
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College Counseling and Student Retention
One of the challenges facing college counselors and counseling centers is articulating and advocating for their role in the lives of students and in the campus community. Direct connections between counseling and retention are difficult to demonstrate empirically. Counselors must look to the indirect relationships between counseling and retention. There is a growing consensus that colleges are expected to go beyond academic factors to developing the whole individual. Counseling plays a vital role in this broader development. So, what is the role of the college counselor in retaining students? What should it be?
Outsourcing of Counseling Services
Explore the advantages and disadvantages of engaging in a contractual agreement to outsource college counseling services.
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