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date: 25 May 2022

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When counselors can appreciate the unique life circumstances that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients bring to the group experience and have the skills to lead the group through its many transitions, growth can occur for every individual involved. Understanding the concepts of oppression, minority stress, and cohort and developmental differences provides a context for effective and ethical group facilitation. This chapter briefly reviews the existing literature related to sexual minority group members as well as examines relevant guidelines, principles, competencies, and ethical codes of several professional associations. Other concepts discussed include group composition, leader sexual orientation, group management, sexual minority members and group dynamics.

Keywords: Group counseling, group psychotherapy, sexual minorities, group ethics, oppression

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