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Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive College Students

Within the past years decade there has been a significant shift in college counseling and higher education to recognize those who identify as Transgender and Gender expansive (TGGE), a population that is unique and distinct from the LBGQ community (Bryne et al., 2012). A such, there are significant implications for counseling centers. As a response to this trend, this white paper aims to educate clinicians who work in college counseling centers who may not have received formal training in working with TGGE clients. This paper also aims to empower counselors to advocate for this often-marginalized college student population on their campuses. 


Justin Jacques, Ed. S., LPC, CAC II, ACS, NCC, Penn State Medical School

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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

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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

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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 Suicide

Highlights of this contribution include:

  • Develop a Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention for the Campus
  • Develop Data Driven Rationale
  • Requirements to Support Suicide Prevention on Campuses
  • Identify Barriers to Campus Change

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?

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Outsourcing of Counseling Services

Explore the advantages and disadvantages of engaging in a contractual agreement to outsource college counseling services.  

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