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.
- Discuss current terminology and lingo relevant to queer/ youth culture.
- Explain some of the unique dynamics in therapeutically serving queer populations (specifically in terms of rapport and sexual education).
- Describe guidelines for best practices when serving this population.