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Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)

According to The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC, 2008) group leaders must: “1) be sensitive to the dynamics that occur when groups are formed that include only one representative of any minority culture and consider the necessity of
including supportive allies for LGBT clients when screening and selecting group members, 2) establish group norms and provide interventions that facilitate the safety and inclusion of LGBT group members, 3) shape group norms and create a climate that allows for the voluntary self-identification and self-disclosure of LGBT participants, 4) intervene actively when either overt or covert disapproval of LGBT members threatens member safety, group cohesion and integrity”...View the ALGBTIC Competencies website

The Association for Women in Psychology (AWP)

The role of AWP includes education and sensitization of mental health professionals, encouragement and recognition of women's concerns and those who promote them, reconceptualization and expansion of perspectives within psychology, advocacy and critique regarding professional and institutional practices, and the provision of opportunities for creative feminist contributions and the dissemination of feminist ideas.  The organization has a history of affirming and celebrating differences, deepening challenges, and experiencing growth as feminists...

American Psychiatric Association - Healthy Minds.  Healthy Lives for LGBT Youth

“Coming out,” is the process of revealing to friends, parents, family members, and acquaintances that he or she is gay. It is more that just a simple act or decision to announce that a person is gay, but rather a process that unfolds overtime, usually in small steps. For many people, it involves telling one person, then a group of friends or family members, then classmates or co-workers, and finally the world at large. But for each person, the journey is different and often filled with emotional ups and downs....

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about sexuality. It is the oldest organization of professionals interested in the study of sexuality in the United States. SSSS brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals who believe in the importance of both the production of quality research and the clinical, educational, and social applications of research related to all aspects of sexuality...

American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

AASECT is an interdisciplinary professional organization of sexuality educators, sexuality counselors and sex therapists.  Members include physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health
professionals, clergy members, lawyers, sociologists, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists and researchers, as well as students in relevant professional disciplines. These individuals share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior....

American Psychological Association - Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

  1. Answers to Your Questions For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & HomosexualityThis pamphlet is designed to provide accurate information for those who want to better understand sexual orientation and the impact of prejudice and discrimination on those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. El folleto es disponible en español.

  1. Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender ExpressionTransgender is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity (sense of themselves as male or female) or gender expression differs from that usually associated with their birth sex.

  1. Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual OrientationCalifornia legislation cites APA report on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation

  1. Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation & Youth:
    A Primer for Principals, Educators, & School Personnel
    Just the Facts provides information and resources for principals, educators and school personnel who confront sensitive issues involving gay, lesbian and bisexual students.

  1. Answers to Your Questions about Same-Sex MarriageScientists have found that the psychological and social aspects of committed relationships between same-sex partners largely resemble those of heterosexual partnerships, that living in a state where same-sex marriage is outlawed can lead to chronic social stress and mental health problems, and that same-sex couples are as fit and capable parents as heterosexual couples.

  1. Sólo los hechos sobre la orientación sexual y la juventud: Una guía para directores de escuelas, educadores y personal escolarSólo los Hechos ofrece información y recursos para directores de escuelas, educadores y personal educativo que encuentren cuestiones delicadas relacionadas con estudiantes gays, lesbianas y bisexuales

Questions to Ask Your Provider

Providers vary in their approaches and in their level of experience and knowledge working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients. It is advisable that individuals seeking therapy ask questions of prospective counselors prior to scheduling an appointment.  Here are some potential Questions to Ask Your Provider.

What Does it Mean to be LGBTQ Affirming

Affirmative therapy for LGBTQ individuals is based on the premise that LGBTQ and heterosexual identities are equally valid. An LGBTQ affirmative counselor has particular knowledge, awareness (specifically self-awareness), and skills specific to competent counseling for LGBTQ individuals. While maintaining a broad view of acceptable lifestyles, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy challenges oppressive stereotypes and systems of thought, and celebrates and advocates for LGBTQ people and their relationships.

(Cited in Morrow, S. L., & Beckstead, A. L. (2004). Conversion therapies for same-sex attracted clients in religious conflict: Context, predisposing factors, experiences, and implications for therapy. The Counseling Psychologist, 32, 641 – 650.)

Sexual Addiction

Sex Addicts Annonymous

The basic principles of recovery practiced by SAA are found in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Although we are not affiliated with AA or with any other organization or agency, we are, indeed, grateful for permission to modify and apply the Steps and Traditions to sex addiction, making recovery possible for us.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy can also be an effective way to gain perspective on concerns, enhance self-esteem and confidence, develop support, and experiment with new interpersonal behaviors.

Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) - Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers

The Association for Specialists in Group Work is a division of the American Counseling Association. As Counseling Professionals who are interested in and specialize in group work, we value the creation of community; service to our members, their clients, and the profession; and leadership as a process to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and groups.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender National Hotline

CLICK HERE FOR SUICIDE OR CRISIS:  Healthcare Guild’s Crisis Resources

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. All of our services are free and confidential. We speak with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more!  We also maintain the largest resource database of its kind in the world, with over 18,000 listings. Our database contains information on social and support groups, as well as gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups and more. We also have information on GLBT-friendly businesses including lawyers, doctors and various counseling professionals.

Toll-free 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)  or

Additional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Mental Health Resources

APA Division 44 - Online CE-Credit Course: Guidelines for Psychotherapy with LGBT Clients

AllPsych.Com - Alphabetical Listing of DSM Disorders

APA - Practice Guidelines for Practitioners

BiAwareZone - Criteria for a Bi-Aware Healthcare Professional

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - Bisexual health: an introduction and model practices for HIV/STI prevention programming

Association Of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

Working with Polyamorous Clients in the Clinical Setting - Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality (April 2002)

Fenway Health Institute Resources:

The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.

Rockway Institute - Alliiant International University

The Rockway Institute advances the use of scientific and professional expertise to counter antigay prejudice and inform public policies affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.  The Institute's view is that public opinion, policies, and programs should be shaped by the facts about LGBT lives, not by political ideology. A primary goal is to organize the most knowledgeable scientists, mental health professionals, and physicians in the United States to provide accurate information about LGBT issues to the media, legislatures, and courts. In addition, the Institute conducts research to answer the nation's most pressing LGBT policy questions in the areas of couple/family relations, mental health, education, and health care.

Additional Resources

PubMed - Psychotropic Medications (Pronunciation/Dictionary/Indications/Warnings)

Queer Spirit

Sexual Orientation Continuum

List of resources for survivors of sexual abuse/assault

MaleSurvivor - Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused

Being in Movement - Body Awareness and Empowerment

National Institute of Mental Health

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

National Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Articles of Interest Regarding LGBT Identities

Download - A Gay Former Player Responds to Kobe Bryant -

Download - Deterring Speech and McCarthyism.pdf

Download - Envy up, Scorn Down - Susan Fiske (The Dynamics of Social Power Structures).pdf

Download - Its Really About Sexuality and the Psychology of Disgust.pdf

Download - Sociocultural Interpretations of Social Phobia in a Non-Heterosexual Female.pdf

Download - Sexy Smells Different to Gay vs Straight Men.pdf


American Psychological Association Division 44 - Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues

APA Division 44 focuses on the diversity of human sexual orientations by supporting research, promoting relevant education, and affecting professional and public policy. Their website includes resources on Resolutions on Religious,
Religion-Based and/or Religion-Derived Prejudice; Marriage; Military; and Parents and Children and Publications about Intersex and Transgender issues.  APA Division 44 resources include Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Clients; Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation; and Lesbian and Gay Parenting...View the APA Competencies website

International Network on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Psychology

The International Network on Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Concerns & Transgender Issues in Psychology (International Network) was
formed in 2005 and is composed of national, multinational and international psychological associations that are cooperating to achieve the following aims to: Increase cross-cultural collaboration, Increase knowledge among psychologists, Apply psychological research and mental health practice guidelines, Increase the number of national, multinational, and international psychological associations that formally reject the mental disorder conception of homosexuality.....

National Association of Social Workers - National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues

The National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues promotes the development of knowledge,
theory and practice as related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. Identifies ways to eliminate homophobic social work practices and policies and make recommendations to appropriate organizational units for action. Supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender affirming legislation or policy related to equal protection, inheritance, insurance and property rights, services for youth, hate crimes, adoption, foster care, parental rights, health and mental health services, domestic partnership, and same sex marriages....

Association for Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP)

In 1985, the Caucus of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Members of the APA changed its name to the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. Although still an affiliated organization of the American Psychiatric Association, AGLP, as a separate organization, is able to take positions independent of official APA policies. In 1986, AGLP was instrumental in removal of the prejudicial diagnosis, "Ego-Dystonic Homosexuality," from the revised DSM-III. In 1988, AGLP was instrumental in elevating the APA Committee on Psychiatric Aspects of AIDS to the level of a full, standing commission of the APA....

LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)

LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) to teach psychiatry residents about caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex patients. However, we hope it will also be useful to all health and mental health trainees and practitioners. Their site includes a series of modules that can be used sequentially to provide a comprehensive learning guide for working with LGBT patients. Each module has also been designed to be a stand-alone unit on a specific topic concerning LGBT patients....

On-Line Mental Health Screening Tools for Depression, Anxiety, Alcohol, Eating, Bipolar, PTSD, etc. 

There are a number of free on-line screening assessments provided by Counseling Facilities, Colleges, and Universities in your region.  Screen for Depression, Anxiety, Alcohol Abuse, Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and more.  Click to the left to access the page and then select your state to begin...
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