The cat and the cloud: ACT for LGBT locus of control, responsibility, and acceptance

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APA Citation: 

Stitt, A. L. (2014). The cat and the cloud: ACT for LGBT locus of control, responsibility, and acceptance. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 8(3), 282-297.  doi:10.1080/15538605.2014.933469

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Conceptual
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, control and responsibility, cross cultural counseling, internalized homophobia, LGBT, microaggressions, multicultural counseling, self-acceptance
Abstract: 

Advocating acceptance, committed action, and value-guided behavior over experiential avoidance, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) may aid lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients affected by hetero/homonormative social pressure. By conceptualizing LGBT paradigms of internal/external control/responsibility (IC-IR; EC-IR; IC-ER; EC-IR), ACT may be adapted to a myriad of multicultural worldviews. This article presents locus of acceptance as the attributed worth of internal/external cues perceived necessary by the client to achieve self-acceptance. Recognizing visibility and isolation as recurrent LGBT issues, locus of acceptances balances identity as individual (internal acceptance) with identity as community (external acceptance).