Write on Florence Nightingale
1. Indicate the category under which the theorist falls (can use McEwen & Wills classification or other source).
2. Provide examples from the literature of how the theory has been used. –
The most obvious implication for counselors is evident in the complete absence of studies on gay and lesbian parents and their children found in journals specific to the counseling profession. Counselors need to be knowledgeable of the research and its implications for human development to better serve individual clients, gay and lesbian families, extended family members, school populations, and their communities. Knowledge of these diverse families and their ability to com- petently raise psychologically healthy children becomes a tool for intervention, prevention, and advocacy efforts on multiple levels.
The need for counselors to conduct research on their work with gay and lesbian families and contribute to the growing body of research cannot be understated. Counselors need to inform one another of the work that they are doing and con- tribute to their own and the profession’s professional identity development as well as advocating for their clients within the profession (Myers, Sweeney, & White, 2002). Knowledge of the issues facing marginalized client populations is funda- mental to the ability of counselors to advocate for their cli- ents within their communities and the larger social context (Eriksen, 1999). Now appears to be a most opportune time for the implications of the research on gay and lesbian families to become more accessible to a larger portion of the population.