The LGBT Specialization curriculum introduces you to the cutting-edge domain of knowledge called “LGBT-Affirmative Psychology.” This area of concern is a “child” of LGBT Studies.
The curriculum, developed during the founding of the specialization in 2005, has been met with overwhelming approval from the LGBT community, and also the specialization’s active advisory board. It has been revised to respond to the developments in the field.
Influenced by several decades of theory and practice in the discipline of affirmative psychology, our curriculum is furthermore informed by the transformational spirit of LGBT liberation. We connect the revolutionary values of LGBT identity, love, and personhood to ancient values. By this, we mean Sappho’s devotion to women-centered spirituality and Socrates’ ability to risk his life in order to espouse the principles of “know thyself” and “the unexamined life is not worth living;” the bisexuality of Alfred Kinsey and the sacred “third gender” indigenous values of Native American Two Spirit people.
The Human Sexuality class, engineered to be the “gateway” class to the specialization, prepares you to be attuned to the various ways in which LGBT sexuality/spirituality/ethics/identity/experience is shaped and amplified. This then leads into the “core curriculum” which introduces you to LGBT History and Myth, LGBT Multicultural Counseling, LGBT Affirmative Therapy, and the Treatment of Families through the LGBT Affirmative Lens. In addition, identity workshops taught by our faculty, along with workshops on an Affirmative Approach to Addiction and LGBT Soul, round out the course of study. The curriculum prepares you to see clients with an affirmative tool-kit and attitude.
You leave the specialization in possession of a groundbreaking theory and practice to resolve real problems, and prepared to contribute to evolutionary consciousness, whether you are an LGBTQ person or a welcome ally.