The aims of this study were to explore the counselors’ awareness and reflection in the concept of sexuality and gender. Furthermore, by their attending at “Counselor’s Sexuality and Gender Training”, the process of the counselors’ conversion in the thinking of sexuality and gender can be more understood, which includes the counselors’ awareness of sexuality and gender on related issues before and after the training, their perspectives on the cases, the way they handle them in regard to the sexuality and gender related issues, and the analysis on the thinking process of the counselors’ conversion in the values of sexuality and gender before and after the training and the influences on their cases. In-depth interview with hermeneutics perspective was employed in this research. The researcher’s reflexive thinking was also involved in the process. Through hermeneutic circle and the fusion of horizons constructing process, the subjects and the researcher both have come to a new understanding on the topics of conversation. In the end, the researcher analyzed the context by the “whole-part- whole” of hermeneutic circle.
Trough the analysis and interpretation, the interviewers’ experience and discovery during the training are manifested first. Then, it shows the changes in the counselors themselves and their profession in counseling after their exploration and awareness of sexuality and gender by interpreting them respectively. Finally, it focuses on the counselors’ reflection and organization in their professional works after the training.
The major findings of this research are as below:
First, the counselors’ awareness and the reflective thinking process on the sexuality and gender related issues: from the level of “sexuality/gender awareness” to the level of “sexuality/gender consciousness”. Second, through the training, the counselors find out the interaction between them and their clients is not only a simple interaction of two people but also an interactive relationship between two different groups which represent different social status. Furthermore, the culture where the counselors and their clients live in not does not only has an impact on their gender status but it also has influence on the counseling development and process occurring in their relationship. Third, researcher discovers that counselors have slower pace to achieve their personal sexual and gender practice than in their counseling practice.
Finally, based on the results of this research, the researcher offers some recommendations as reference materials for counselors, counseling training and further studies.