LGBTQIA Affirmative Coach Certification

IBOSP LGBTQIA Affirmative Coaches Certification is for professionals in areas of medicine, clergy, healthcare, mental health, education, coaching, and consulting who do not work in a clinical setting yet work with individuals or people in relationships who identify as LGBTQIA plus. IBOSP Certified LGBTQIA Affirmative Coaches have specific, comprehensive training in Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity issues.

Who seeks LGBTQIA Affirmative Coach Certification?

Professionals including educators, counselors, clergy, coaches, consultants, law enforcement, or healthcare professionals, who work with individuals and people in relationships who identify as LGBTQIA plus, but do not work in a state licensed or board licensed position. Certified LGBTQIA Affirmative Coaches take an approach that embraces a positive view of LGBTQIA identities and relationships, and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism, and other forms of phobia (e.g., acephobia) have on the lives of LGBTQIA people.

Why Apply for the LGBTQIA Coach Certification?

Certification as an LGBTQIA Affirmative Coach provides assurance to the public that you have obtained advanced training in, are knowledgeable about, and positive in your approach to individuals and people in relationships who identify as LGBTQIA plus.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • A current IBOSP membership in good standing
  • A minimum of an Associate’s degree
  • A minimum of 50 hours of experience working with individuals and people in relationships who identify as LGBTQIA plus
  • Documentation of 50 hours of LGBTQIA education to include topics such as:
    • Basic gender and sexual minority group(s) overview (terminology, appropriate language, understanding of fluidity, diverse expression of sexual lifestyles)
    • Ethical practices (provider bias, navigating medical services and understanding legal practices/services)
    • Best-practice considerations (current statistics, assessment tools, shame reduction approaches, assessing trauma and making referrals, discerning gender dysphoria and implications for transitioning services)
    • Process related to transitioning and coming out
    • 10 hours of cultural competency (intersectionality of minority status, addressing internalized homophobia, role of religion/spirituality).
  •  A minimum of 50 hours of direct coaching experience working with individuals who identify as LGBTQIA plus.
  • Have two satisfactory colleague references completed by a licensed (keep licensed or not? i think not, for coaches) mental health, medical, or sexuality professional or IBOSP member.
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.