MA in Clinical Psychology faculty Theodore R. Burnes, PhD, MSEd, is the co-editor of the newly released book “Teaching LGBTQ Psychology – Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice.” This book is a practical and theoretical guide for those who teach and train about LGBTQ psychology in diverse groups and settings.
Theo and his co-editor, Jeanne L. Stanley PhD, MSEd, created this book because they noticed the lack of written resources around the understanding of gender and sexuality education. “This book came out, in part, because my co-editor and I realized that there wasn’t a lot of information in existence to tell us how to teach our passion with humility, competence, and ethics – until the creation of the book, we had relied on our elders to guide us through oral tradition on how to facilitate learning about LGBTQ people’s and communities’ genders and sexualities” states Theo.
Cadyn Cathers, MA, affiliate faculty in the LGBT Specialization of the MA Clinical Psychology program, co-authored of one of the chapters on teaching LGBTQ psychology in community settings.
Theo also mentions that the creation of this book “has emphasized the different processes, various ways that people understand sexuality education.” Whether or not the primary subject matter is sexual orientation and/or gender diversity, how instructors address LGBTQ identities is important for the education of all learners.