This course will introduce and address issues of concern to interpersonal practice clients that identify as Transgender, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Queer or questioning, focusing on the basic knowledge, interpersonal practice and advocacy skills it takes to become increasingly competent in providing counseling and advocacy for people who are members of these marginalized, yet highly resilient, groups. From a strength-based perspective, grounded in Affirmative Practice Principles, this course will focus on basic social work knowledge and understanding of these groups, the social injustice and stigma they face; but ultimately, how to effectively engage, assess and intervene with current, associated issues through therapy and advocacy. This course will also address self-exploration and ethical dilemmas for social work students and providers with TBLGQ people, and include real practice experiences with people from our local community. Students will be encouraged to actively engage in the course. Class participation is critical to the success of the course.
- Describe Affirmative Practice Principles with TBLGQ people and communities.
- Become conversant in Affirmative Practice Principles with TBLGQ people and communities.
- Describe the social work ethical principles essential to effective work with TBLGQ clients.
- Evaluate assumptions and build relational-cultural skills in questioning and commenting of joining, empathy, mutuality, and use of self.
- Use current information about TBLGQ people to effectively advocate for clients.
- Outline the history and progress of the TBLGQ civil rights movement.
- Describe the impact of the TBLGQ civil rights movement over life span of an elder community member and activist.
- Assess ethical and culturally-sensitive responses to TBLGQ people.
- Identify ways in which unique intersections of marginalized identities affect TBLGQ clients.
- Describe effective advocacy examples with TBLGQ clients.
- Identify and assess the stresses and the strengths of TBLGQ individuals, families and groups toward resolution of presenting issues and problems of concern to social work.
- Analyze the economic, social, and health issues associated with the current socio-political impacts and health policy on TBLGQ populations.
- Describe TBLGQ issues and practice engagement skills over the life-span with a focus on health in aging individuals.
- Describe empowering community organization models with TBLGQ people from examples provided in the class.