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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Related Ethical Issues

Professional Mental Health Ethics

A Training Resource

By James J Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T

References for GLBT Related Ethical Issues

Benoit, M. (2005). Conflict between religious commitment and same-sex attraction: Possibilities for a virtuous response. Ethics & Behaviorr, 15(4), 309-325. DOI: 10.1207/s15327019eb1504_3.


Bernal, A.T. & Coolhart, D. (2012). Treatment and ethical considerations with transgender children and youth in family therapy. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 23(4), 287-303. DOI: 10.1080/08975353.2012.735594.


Bidell, M.P. (2014). Personal and professional discord: Examining religious conservatism and lesbian-,gay-, and bisexual - affirmative counselor competence. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92(2), 170-179.  DOI: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00145.x


Davison, G.C. (2001). Conceptual and ethical issues in therapy for the psychological problems of gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(5), 695-704.


Fallon, K.M., Dobmeier, R.A., Reiner, S.M., Casquarelli, E.J., Giglia, L.A. & Goodwin, E. (2013). Reconciling spiritual values conflicts for counselors and lesbian and gay clients. Adultspan Journal, 12(1), 38-53.  DOI: 10.1002/j.2161-0029.2013.00014.x.


Graham, S.R. & Liddle, B.J. (2009). Multiple relationships encountered by lesbian and bisexual psychotherapists: How close is too close? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46(1), 15-21. DOI: 10.1037/a0013904


Hermann, M.A. & Herlihy, B.R. (2006). Legal and ethical implications of refusing to counsel homosexual clients. Journal of Counseling & Development, 84(4), 414-418.


Whitman, J.S. & Bidell, M.P. (2014). Affirmative lesbian, gay and bisexual counselor education and religious beliefs: How do we bridge the gap? Journal of Counseling & Development, 92(2), 162-169. DOI: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00144.x