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School counselors need to advocate and act as an ally for all students. Safe Space, a training designed to facilitate competency for working with and serving LGBTQ youth (i.e., LGBTQ competency), has received increased attention in the field of school counseling. However, limited empirical support exists for training interventions such as Safe Space, with only one study to date examining its effectiveness for graduate psychology students (see Finkel, Storaasli, Bandele, & Schaefer, 2003). This study used a randomized pretest-posttest control group design to evaluate and examine the impact of Safe Space training on competency levels of a sample of school counselors/school counselor trainees and to explore the relationship between LGBTQ competency and awareness of sexism and heterosexism.

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Rebekah J. Byrd, Evaluating a Safe Space Training for Professional School Counselors and Trainees Using a Randomized Control Group Design, Professional School Counseling (17,1) pp. 20-31. Copyright © 2013 (American School Counselor Association). Reprinted by permission of American School Counselor Association.