Religious attitudes, homophobia, and professional counseling

Bowers, Randolph, Minichiello, Victor, and Plummer, David (2010) Religious attitudes, homophobia, and professional counseling. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 4 (2). pp. 70-91.

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During an Australian qualitative and empirical study looking at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender client's experiences of counseling, and counselor's experiences of working with minority clients, a large body of unsolicited data emerged related to experiences of religious-based homophobia. Analysis of the data suggests that a lifelong process of posttraumatic recovery for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people follows prior experiences of religious-based homophobia. This paper discusses the sociological debate related to how counselors find themselves at the crossroad between a healthy lifestyle model of homosexuality based in well established contemporary professional ethics versus long standing religious-based attitudes and constraints toward homosexuality. This intersection of conflicting beliefs generates a controversial social and political environment in which counselors must make a basic decision to either support minority clients according to ethical guidelines or to side with socially conservative constructs that, rightly or wrongly, rely largely on Western religious traditions.

Item ID: 25688
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1553-8338
Keywords: homophobia, religion, counseling, sociology, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBT
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2013 05:40
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111710 Health Counselling @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940113 Gender and Sexualities @ 100%
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