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Although sexuality counseling is an essential component in counselor education training, research demonstrates that counselors lack competence and willingness to explore sexuality issues with clients. Counselors must be ready to address sexuality issues to provide comprehensive and culturally competent care. Sexuality counseling education needs further exploration to inform future training and educational standards. This qualitative study uses thematic analysis to examine 524 reflective journals of counselors-in-training (CIT) engaged in a sexuality counseling course to inform future education, training, and clinical practice standards in this area. This study revealed themes reflecting common ways CIT matured personally and professionally through sexuality counseling education and identified critical factors and barriers that enhanced and hindered learning outcomes.
Emelianchik-Key, K., Labarta, A. C., & Irvine, T. (2022). Understanding Education in Sexuality Counseling from the Lens of Trainees: A Critical Examination and Call for Increased Attention and Training. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 3 (2), 70-81. https://doi.org/10.34296/03021057