Affirmative Counseling Behaviors with GLB Clients (ACBGLBC)

Bieschke & Matthews‚ 2003
1. I help my clients establish connections in the lgb community.
2. I inquire whether the lgb client wants children‚ and if so‚ I feel able to assist them in considering various options.
3. I educate clients about their legal rights if they find they are being discriminated against because of sexual orientation.
4. I assist lgb clients in exploring social opportunities that do not involve bars‚ nightclubs‚ or other events that revolve around alcohol.
5. I help lgb clients make contacts with “out” role models.
6. I am familiar with current research regarding stages of lgb identity development.
7. I am familiar with state and local laws that might affect lgb clients around issues (e.g.‚ marriage‚ domestic partnership‚ sexual practices‚ childrearing‚ adoption‚ and employment).
8. I discuss how to cope with one-the-job discrimination or harassment that is based on sexual orientation.
9. I routinely discuss issues of sexual orientation identity development with clients.
10. In my office‚ I have visible signs of lgb affirmation (i.e.‚ posters‚ books‚ buttons‚ etc.).
11. I discuss the costs and benefits of “passing” as heterosexual.
12. I assist lgb clients in trying to influence work environments to make them more open to those who are lgb.
13. I explore the client’s internalized homophobia and heterosexism when discussing issues related to shame.
14. I routinely refer clients to programs or resources related to their presenting problems that specifically address the needs of lgb individuals.
15. I provide groups‚ programs‚ or services specific to lgb populations.
16. When working with lgb clients who have a disability‚ I assess the extent to which their disability affects their involvement in the lgb community.
17. I discuss geographical issues that may be relevant with respect to lgb issues.
18. I assist those clients who are also racial/ethnic minorities to negotiate the norms regarding sexual orientation of both mainstream and racial/ethnic minorities.
19. I assist lgb clients in assessing work environment attitudes toward sexual orientation.
20. I attend conference seminars and workshops that increase my knowledge and skill relevant to working with lgb individuals.
21. I discuss ways of handling domestic partnership issues in the workplace.
22. When working with lgb clients who have a disability‚ I explore the extent to which medical and rehabilitation personnel are affirmative of diverse sexual identities.
1 (completely untrue) to 7 (completely true)
This instrument can be found at:

Bieschke‚ Kathleen J.; Matthews‚ Connie R. (1996). Career Counselor Attitudes and Behaviors toward Gay‚ Lesbian‚ and Bisexual Clients. Journal of Vocational Behavior; 48(2)‚ 243–255

Bieschke‚ K.J.‚ Eberz‚ A.B.‚ Bard‚ C‚C.‚ Croteau‚ J.M. (1998). Using social cognitive career theory to cr‎eate affirmative lesbian‚ gay‚ and bisexual research training environments. The Counseling Psychologist ;26‚735–753.

Bieschke‚ K. J.‚ McClanahan‚ M.‚ Tozer‚ E.‚ Grzegorek‚ J. L.‚ & Park‚ J. (2000). Programmatic research on the treatment of lesbian‚ gay‚ and bisexual clients: The past‚ the present‚ and the course for the future. In R. M. Perez‚ K. A. DeBord‚ & K. J. Bieschke (Eds.)‚ Handbook of counseling and psychotherapy with lesbian‚ gay‚ and bisexual clients (pp. 309-35).Washington‚ DC: American Psychological Association.

Bieschke‚ Kathleen J.; Matthews‚ Connie R. (2003). on-Heterosexist Organizational Climate and Affirmative Counselor Behaviors: Validation of Instruments. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (111th‚ Toronto‚ ON‚ Canada‚ August 7-10‚ 2003)