Discourse of a Mormon Ally in Supervision

Jennifer Gess*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Counselors-in-training (CIT) who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also referred to as the Mormon Church) may face internal dissonance when counseling clients who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB). This article explores the experience of a self-identified Mormon CIT who was supervised over the course of one semester by a lesbian-identified supervisor while developing as an LGB ally. Critical discourse analysis methodology was conducted to investigate the supervisory experience. In conclusion, suggestions for ally development during supervision are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-96
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • ally
  • discourse analysis
  • LGB
  • Mormon
  • supervision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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