Addressing Concerns and Taking on the Third Rail

Kathleen J. Bieschke, Laurie B. Mintz

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In this rejoinder, the authors begin by addressing some of the questions raised about the Values Statement. They then focus on next steps, first briefly summarizing a few excellent suggestions made by the authors of the reaction papers and then zeroing in on the tension-wrought issue of when values regarding sexual orientation and religion collide. Reasons for the polarization in the field regarding this issue are discussed, and the contribution of the Values Statement to addressing this polarization is reviewed. A next step to decrease this polarization, developing Implementing Regulations for Footnote 4, is also suggested. The authors conclude with the hope that this Major Contribution has helped to move the field toward an approach to training that provides guidance when resolving highly charged values conflicts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)772-779
Number of pages8
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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