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Advanced Topics in Interpersonal Practice

SW790, Section 007

This course presents advanced topics in interpersonal practice. The topics may include emerging practice methods, advanced application of methods covered in other required methods courses, and applications of methods in specific populations.

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This course will offer a working definition of terms, including : Transgender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Intersex, Gender Nonconforming, Non Binary, Intersex, Gender Transition, and Ally. Language and terminology will be examined with emphasis on using affirming language and avoiding offensive terminology.

This course will examine multiple risk factors that impact transgender youth from a solution-focused lens. These risk factors include a 40 percent rate of attempted suicide, increased incidence of homelessness, school bullying and harassment, increased vulnerability to hate crimes (including assault, sexual assault and murder).

Family relationship dynamics, along with strategies to increase family support, will be explored with an emphasis on increasing parental capacity to support the transgender youth. Family acceptance is a protective factor that is associated with a decrease in transgender youth homeless and a decline in the frequency and severity of mental health issues and an increase in overall wellness. Strategies to support and build upon family and school connectedness will be examined in this mini course.

This mini course will examine be the specific concerns that apply to transgender children younger than age 13. Understanding gender identify at younger ages will be explored, along with specific facts about working within elementary and preschool setting, and offering long term guidance and planning recommendations to parents and children that are developmentally appropriate.

The gender transition process will be reviewed – social, legal, medical aspects, with examination of the role of the SW.

Strategies to advocate for transgender youth at school and in community settings will be reviewed.

Semester: Winter 2020
Instructor: Susan Radzilowski
Topic: Social Work Services That Make a Difference: Meaningful Supports for Transgender Youth and Their Families
U-M Class #: 19895
Time: Mon Mondays March 23, 30 and April 6, 13 and 20, 2020 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: B770 SSWB
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

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