Sexual Minority Youth: The Case of Donald Wilson

Suzanne M. Dugger, Laurie A. Carlson

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2 Scopus citations


This chapter addresses the role of school counselors as advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQQI) students. School counselors are a critical part of the delivery of mental health services and are at the front lines of this system and therefore are often the first to see problems as they arise in young people. The chapter presents the case of Donald Wilson, a 15-yearold high school student who is questioning his sexual orientation. It addresses in a comprehensive way the resources, barriers (including professional, familial, legal, and confidentiality issues), and role of the school counselor in being an effective advocate for LGBTQQI students. The chapter also demonstrates the importance of recognizing developmental as well as diagnostic and cultural issues that might contribute to problems presented by sexual minority youth. It concludes by revisiting the school environment to make recommendations for school personnel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCasebook for Counseling
Subtitle of host publicationLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Their Families
PublisherAmerican Counseling Association
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781119221715
ISBN (Print)9781556203060
StatePublished - Sep 26 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult development
  • Culturally sensitive counselor
  • Diagnostic issues
  • LGBTQQI students
  • Mental health services
  • School counselors
  • School students
  • Sexual minority youth
  • Sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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