Working with Family, Friends, and Allies of LBGT Youth

  • Melissa Luke Counseling and Human Services Department, Syracuse University
  • Kristopher M. Goodrich Counselor Education, University of New Mexico
Keywords: LGBT, Ecological model, Ally, Counseling intervention, Wellness, Preventative model


As a historically marginalized population, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are at risk for myriad negative outcomes and as a result, seek counseling services at disproportionate rates. Although the role of family, friends, and allies (FFA) has been supported as a resiliency factor with LGBT youth, minimal attention has been given to the inclusion of FFA in counseling interventions. Building on the developmental, preventative, and wellness foundation, this manuscript utilizes an ecological approach to identify points of entry for systemic interventions with FFA across the micro, meso, exo, and macro levels (Bronfenbrenner, 2005) of LGBT youth experience.
How to Cite
Luke, M., & Goodrich, K. M. (2015). Working with Family, Friends, and Allies of LBGT Youth. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 7(1), 63-83.