|Interpersonal Practice||Elective (Host)|
|Mgmt & Leadership|
|Policy & Political|
|Children & Families|
This course will introduce a variety issues facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S+) clients and communities at the micro, meso, and macro levels. This course will build on basic skills and knowledge of interpersonal practice, policy advocacy, and community organizing to focus on how to best serve LGBTQIA2S+. Issues which are of greater concern, or for which services and in some cases, knowledge, are lacking for these populations will be covered, including: history of the LGB/T movement, identity versus behavior, the process of coming out, social stigma, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, experiences of discrimination and victimization (both interpersonal and systemic), healthcare (including mental health), sexuality and relationships, family development and parenting, lack of inclusion in research and evidence based practice, community organizing, impact of policies, and ways to work towards resistance and resilience. This course will closely focus on different skills needed for working with these specific issues, in addition to basic knowledge of these individuals across the life span and communities.
Students will evaluate their own values, attitudes, and biases regarding the LGBTQIA2S+ populations through interactive solo and group activities, and self-reflective papers on their experiences and positionalities.
Students will create ways in which issues surrounding these populations and communities might be integrated into their current and future social work practice by conducting a literature review on a sub-area of interest to their own work and practice.
Students will synthesize what they have learned about these populations and communities that can be applied in their practice by conducting field placement, organizational assessment, policy analysis, or treatment plan creation regarding an area of their own interest.
Class format will include lectures, case studies and vignettes, videotapes, role-plays and interactive discussions.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106