Entering the Discomfort Zone: Counseling Trainees’ Perspectives on Counseling Clients with HIV/AIDS

  • J. Richelle JoeEmail author
  • Nevin J. Heard
  • Katey Yurcisin


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.


HIV/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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Child, Family, and Community SciencesUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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