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Personal Reflections on Closeted Helping Professionals

WithRichard Rouilard

The author discusses the situation of closeted professionals whose “private” lives inadvertently cross paths with homosexual students or clients. Personal vignettes highlight the dangers of encounters with “closeted” professionals for homosexual clients and students. Particular attention is given to the long-term impact upon clients and students, who are viewed as more vulnerable than professionals. Reflections upon sociopolitical implications of the “closet” are noted, especially recent retrenchment of media concern for homosexual issues as professionals have retreated to the “closet.” [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1–800-342–9678. E-mail address: [email protected]]