Program Development of a Graduate Psychology LGBTQ+ Diversity Course
Numerous studies have demonstrated that affirmative cultural diversity courses significantly increase graduate students’ competency when treating diverse clients (Morgan Consoli & Marin, 2016). However, the number of such courses that adequately address Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and other sexual minorities (LGBTQ+) topics are staggeringly low (Rock, Carlson, & McGeorge, 2010). Across America’s graduate programs, graduating students have demonstrated incompetency to work effectively with LGBTQ+ individuals (Bidell, 2013). As LGBTQ+ persons are not readily identifiable and comprise over 20% of America’s millennial population alone, all psychologists will likely work with this population at some point and thus need to be competent to do so (GLAAD, 2017). This resource development aims to design a solution: a 10-topic graduate psychology LGBTQ+ diversity course. It will demonstrate the need for such a course, address potential pedagogical issues, and propose the lesson plan for 10 core topics to best enhance understanding, self-awareness, and competency to work with LGBTQ+ individuals clinically, in research, or assessment.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Simpson, Stephen W.
LGBTQ+, Diversity, Curriculum, Graduate psychology, Education, Pedagogical issues, Pedagogical solutions, Clinical work, Research, Assessment, Sexual minorities
Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Curriculum and Instruction | Gender and Sexuality