A factor analysis of faculty members perceptions on lgb affirmative counselor training in clinical mental health and other counseling programs
This study explores Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and other counselingfaculty members’ perceived efforts to prepare their students to work with lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients using the Affirmative Training Inventory—Faculty Version (ATI-F). It is imperative to study affirmative training due to the impact it may have on LGB individuals seeking therapy. With more informed affirmative LGB training for counselors, we can expect to see more adventitious counseling for the LGB community. Faculty members were randomly selected from a list of 297 master’s counseling programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) were contacted through electronic request to participate in this study. Demographics were collected, and the faculty version (ATI-F) was utilized to explore the level of LGB affirmative training that occurred in clinical training programs and faculty members’ beliefs about the role of LGB affirmative training in clinical mental health programs.