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Gay students--Counseling of;


Adolescence is a trying time for all youth, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents. Although they experience the same physical and emotional changes as others their age, as sexual minorities, LGBT students deal with many additional situations and conflicts brought on by societal systems, specifically in school settings.

School counselors play a unique role in the development of LGBT adolescents. Counselors must maintain open lines of communication with all students,specifically LGBT populations, for their own safety and concerns. LGBT students need proper resources and support to increase self-growth and self-identity. LGBT guidance programs provide an environment that promotes growth, empathy, and unconditional positive regard for sexual minority populations. It is the responsibility of the school counselor to provide this safe haven for LGBT counseling. There are many important steps involved in forming and facilitating support for LGBT students in the school setting. If programs are implemented correctly, LGBT students can effectively work through their adolescent years.

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Master of Arts in Education


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Linda J. Nebbe


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