In contrast to NASP’s position that school psychologists be ready and willing to counsel and advocate for GLBTQ youth, research indicates that most school psychologists do not feel prepared for these roles.
Training programs teach systems change and diversity, yet we may not be prepared to apply these skills within a school setting advocating for GLBTQ youth.
Have we examined and challenged our blindspots, biases, and moral beliefs that prevent us from being effective advocates for GLBTQ youth?
Facilitates Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), clubs that include individuals that are GLBTQ and straight
students going to schools with GSAs are less likely to feel unsafe, less likely to miss school, and more likely to feel like they belonged at their school compared to students in schools without GSAs. (GLSEN, 2007)
Safe Space Program
Purpose: visibly mark people and places that are “safe” for GLBTQ students.
teaches individuals how to train allies
gives strategies for support and intervention when anti-GLBTQ bias occurs
provides materials to help make the program visible to others in the school
Used together, Jump-Start and Safe Space meet many of the characteristics of effective programs described by Weissberg, Kumpfer, and Seligman (2003) and Nation et al. (2003)
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