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Document Type

Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Social work education, Social workers-Training of, Gender identity-Study and teaching (Graduate), Sex-Study and teaching (Graduate), Sex, Gender, Sexuality, Graduate school


Clinicians are trained to address a variety of issues regarding their clients' mental health, but how well are professional counselors being trained to explore "alternative" sexual expressions, erotic (counter) transference, gender identities, and the enumerable ways clients can have concerns or issues with aspects of their sexuality? Within this study 15 clinicians were interviewed regarding their experiences within graduate school and the level to which they felt competent and prepared to discuss topics of sex, gender, and sexuality within a clinical context. Many of the participants described utilizing their personal life experiences, self-sought trainings, and individual reading choices as ways to develop adequate education in these topics as all clinicians felt as though their programs did not provide comprehensive education and training in these areas. This study ultimately strives to raise awareness to the gap in professional training clinicians are receiving in the hopes of helping to expand the curricula being offered to graduate level clinicians across disciplines within the professional counseling field.




iii, 53 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 42-47)