Counseling the Parents of LGBTQ+ individuals using Narrative Therapy Techniques*



Homelessness, suicide, and self-harm rates continue to plague the LGBTQ+ community despite great strides made in society at large towards love and acceptance.  Many parents still struggle when finding out that their child is not straight or may not be gender normative. When confronted with a client who is struggling with their child’s gender identity or affectional orientation counselors need to have the tools address the parents’ coming out process, ambiguous loss, and forming a new identity.  This interactive webinar looks at how counselors can help this problem from a different angle by helping the family members of LGBTQ+ individuals using Narrative therapy techniques. This interactive webinar also offers discussions on family dynamics and practical strategies for applying Narrative therapy techniques in session. Counselor countertransference is another issue that can easily arise with this emotionally charged topic, and this webinar will discuss this phenomenon while also looking at ways to address countertransference.  


  • Explain what Narrative therapy techniques.  
  • Apply Narrative Therapy techniques with the parents of LGBTQ individuals.
  • Explain the coming out process, ambiguous loss, and identity development for parents of LGBTQ individuals.
  • Give practical tools to deal with counselor countertransference using Narrative therapy. 

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, & LMFT

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC, & NBCC

State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDPB # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1001
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      Counseling the Parents of LGBTQ+ individuals using Narrative Therapy Techniques
    • Lecture.1
      Counseling the Parents of LGBTQ+ individuals using Narrative Therapy Techniques
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      Counseling the Parents of LGBTQ+ individuals using Narrative Therapy Techniques 15 questions

Dr. Meagan Jones has worked in a teaching capacity for over 5 years, and has taught in both online and in person formats. She is currently an Adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the online Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She has been practicing for over 11 years, and has worked in a variety of settings from correctional counseling to intensive in-home and community mental health settings to private practice. She currently practices in a private practice setting offering both in person and online mental health services. Dr. Jones obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University. She is licensed in the state of North Carolina and Virginia. Dr. Jones specializes in the areas of sexual trauma, crisis and trauma, general mental health issues, women’s issues, sexuality, and spirituality counseling. She has been teaching, writing, and presenting on trauma, sex trafficking, sexuality, sexual healing post-trauma, LGBTQ issues, supervision, and professional development for counselors for the past several years.
When she is not working she enjoys traveling, cooking, jet skiing, being outside, crafting, and enjoying time with her family.