Entering the Discomfort Zone: Counseling Trainees’ Perspectives on Counseling Clients with HIV/AIDS
Descriptive content analysis was used to explore counseling trainees’ perceptions of factors associated with comfort addressing HIV/AIDS in counseling. Six themes emerged from the data: knowledge, fear, HIV stigma, personal experience, personally held beliefs, and sex/sexuality. Implications for addressing knowledge, fear, and stigma in counseling and counselor preparation are discussed. Additionally, suggestions for incorporating HIV/AIDS into the academic and experiential aspects of counselor education are included.
KeywordsHIV/AIDS Stigma Counseling Counselor trainees
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The authors declared that they have sought to abide by necessary ethical standards.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declared that they have no conflict on interest.
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