The mission of IALGBTIC is to enhance the quality of life in society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people by promoting greater awareness and understanding of LGBT issues among members of the IL counseling profession and related helping occupations. IALGBTIC also promotes advancing the counseling profession and the practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity, diversity, and social justice.
The Purpose of IALGBTIC
Through the recognition of both individual and social contexts that represent the confluence of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual and/or affectional orientation, ability, age, spiritual and/or religious belief, and indigenous heritage, it is the purpose of ALGBTIC to:
- Provide a centralized location for mental health counselors, school counselors, counseling professionals, and other helping professionals in the State of Illinois to access resources, referrals, and consultation on issues related to LGBT populations.
Promote greater awareness and understanding of persons of various sexual and/or affectional identities not fully represented by the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Identify conditions that create barriers to the human growth and development of LGBT clients and communities; advocate for the elimination of these conditions; and utilize counseling skills, programs, and efforts to preserve, protect, and promote the development of LGBT individuals and families in the State of Illinois.
Secure equality of treatment, advancement, qualification and status of LGBT members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations in the State of Illinois.
The Illinois Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling was formed in 2011. We are a division under the Illinois Counseling Association and are affiliated with the American Counseling Association's ALGBTIC organization. The bylaws of IALGBTIC can be downloaded here.