Welcome to TALGBTIC

Immigration Policy

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.

TCA Statement on Immigration Children

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.

NBCC:
Statement on Immigration


Mission Statement
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:

  • Become a strong voice within the Texas Counseling Association and to the general public for the unique counseling needs of GLBT individuals.
  • Provide continuing education about GLBT issues for professional counselors.
  • Provide resource information and consultation on sexual diversity and identity to counselors, counselor educators, teachers, and other mental health providers.
  • Promote and disseminate research on mental health issues related to GLBT individuals.
  • Solidify TALGBTIC's relationships with local, state, and national organizations.
  • Collaborate with organizations in a common effort to promote the democratic values of fairness, equality, and compassion.
  • Advocate for full recognition of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered families including the right to form domestic partnerships, marriages, and families that include children obtained through biological or adoptive processes.
  • Work to ban discrimination in mental health services, education, housing, government, employment, credit, and public accommodation.
  • Advocate for the inclusion and integration of GLBT issues in multicultural and diversity training.
  • Advocate for the inclusion and integration of GLBT issues in counselor education curricula.