About ALGBTICO

Name & Affiliation

The name of this association is the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Ohio, referred to commonly as ALGBTICO. ALGBTICO was established in 2010. It is a state branch of the national Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling ([ALGBTIC] which is a division of the American Counseling Association [ACA]), and a division of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA).

Mission

The mission of ALGBTICO is to promote greater awareness and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues among members of the counseling profession, students, the clients they serve, and related helping occupations. ALGBTICO also promotes greater awareness and understanding of persons of various sexual and/or affectional identities not represented within the identities presumed by “LGBT” such as queer, intersex and ally. 

Purpose

The purpose of ALGBTICO, through the recognition of both individual and social contexts that represent the confluence of race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual and/or affectional orientation, age, ability/disability, spiritual or religious belief system, or indigenous, cultural, and ethnic heritage, within the State of Ohio to:

    • Promote greater awareness and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally (hereinafter referred to as LGBTQQIA) issues among members of the counseling profession, students, and related helping occupations.

    • Improve the standards and delivery of counseling and educational services provided to LGBTQQIA clients, professionals, students, and communities.

    • Identify conditions which create barriers to the human growth and development of LGBTQQIA clients, professionals, students, and communities; and use counseling skills, programs, and efforts to preserve, protect, and promote such development.

    • Develop, implement, and foster interest in counseling-related charitable, scientific, and educational programs designed to further the human growth and development of LGBTQQIA clients, professionals, students, and communities.

    • Secure equality of treatment, advancement, qualifications, and status of LGBTQQIA members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations.

    • Contribute to the publishing of journal and other scientific, educational, and professional materials with the purpose of raising the standards of practice for all who work with LGBTQQIA clients, students, and communities in the counseling profession and related helping occupations.

    • Provide current information to enhance professional counselors’ awareness, knowledge, skill, and professionalism towards LGBTQQIA clients, students, and communities.

    • Secure equality of treatment, advancement, qualification, and status of LGBTQQIA counseling professionals, students, and related helping occupations.

Non-Discrimination Statement

ALGBTICO stands strong in no discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, class gender, gender identity and expression, sexual and/or affectional orientation, age, ability/disability, spiritual or religious belief system, or indigenous, cultural, and ethnic heritage.