Counseling and sex education should address the full range of behaviors that teens engage in—whether gay or straight. This concept becomes increasingly important for queer youth, who are particularly uninformed and alienated by mainstream sex education classes.
Despite our skills and best intentions, many therapists find themselves uncomfortable and/or uninformed when it comes to addressing the unique needs of non-straight clients. It is our responsibility to appropriately identify, treat and educate the not-straight youth in our offices.
Once you’ve gotten to the point at which your child’s “queerness” can be talked about between you, you will each feel fear, apprehension, awkwardness and other flavors of angst – but there will also be relief, solace and a sense of bonding between you as well.
But processing a child’s definitive statement of their alternative sexuality or gender is only the beginning of the journey as a parent. Some freak out a little, some are totally fine with it), some accept it, some struggle – but they all still have to parent them.
Jo Langford is a therapist, sex educator and dad in Seattle. More about his work with youth, parents and professionals to promote healthy, positive and safe sexual and social behavior can be found at his website.
AMHTI is approved as a provider of continuing education by numerous national agencies and routinely applies for continuing education credits for professionals from state agencies when needed.
There are many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations that will grant continuing education credit for attendance at AMHTI’s seminars and activities. If you have questions as to whether AMHTI’s continuing education credits will count for your state, please contact us.
The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AMHTI maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.
The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6901. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes [1787, 1/7/22-1/7/23], is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.
AMHTI is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider#: 50-11996. AMHTI is an approved provider with the The Florida Certification Board. Provider #5273-A.
AMHTI is an approved provider with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Provider # 07-110-J.