Welcome to TALGBTIC
The mission of the Texas Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (TALGBTIC), a division of the Texas Counseling Association, is to educate mental health service providers about issues confronting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) individuals. We believe that all individuals should be free to develop their full potential regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, and that professional counselors must understand the unique ways gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals experience inequality and injustice resulting from discrimination and prejudice.
To meet this mission TALGBTIC adopts the following goals:
Along with the other divisions and chapters of TCA, TALGBTIC remains concerned about the US treatment of immigrants, including the separation of families by the current administration. We in the LGBTQ+ community know well the social and psychological damage that family separation, resulting from ignorance and prejudice, can cause. Please see the links below from the Texas Counseling Association and from the National Board for Certified Counselors.
The members of the Texas Counseling Association express concern regarding the harmful effects of separating children from their families which is currently occurring at our borders.
Research indicates that separating parents and children during stressful life events create Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) leading to progressive life-long trauma, chronic fear, and impaired brain development. Cortical structures do not develop properly, which impacts attention, planning, judgment, and emotional control.These impairments have long lasting effects into adulthood.
TCA supports a swift and urgent reunification process for families that have been separated at the U.S. border. TCA also urges the current administration to provide a safe environment and necessary mental health treatment for the trauma inflicted upon all family members impacted.
Contact your representatives and educate them on the impact of separating families and the positive mental health impact of reunification.
View a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help immigrant children separated from their families.
Read more about the impact:
Akers, K. (2014). Cozolino, Louis. The neuroscience of human relationships: attachment and the developing social brain. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, (12). 2273.
Tello, A., Castellon, N., Aguilar, A., Sawyer, C., (2017). Unaccompanied refugee minors from Central America: Understanding their journey and implications for counselors. The Professional Counselor, 7(4), 360-374, doi:10.15241/amt.7.4.36.
Statement on Immigration