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Unit 1: Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Persons

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Megan Gandy-Guedes

on 22 November 2013

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Under the surface
Tip of the Iceberg
Unit 1: Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Persons
Keep showing up to find out!
No really, there's a lot to this sexual orientation and gender identity stuff
But you can do it! We can do it together!
Definitions & Concepts
What is....
Others you are wondering about?
More definitions/terminology:
Sexual orientation: romantic attraction, sexual attraction, sexual behavior* important distinction!
Gender identity: gender, gender expression, gender identity
Myths & Stereotypes
Dr. Deanna Morrow:
1. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice rather than an innate orientation.
2. Homosexuality is not a normal aspect of human diversity.
3. GLBT people are immoral.
4. Gay and lesbian people are more likely to abuse children and/or covert them from heterosexuality to homosexuality.
5. Two people of the same sex in a relationship play out masculine and feminine roles.
6. Transgender people are gay or lesbian in sexual orientation.
7. Same-sex couples do not develop long-term, committed relationships.
8. The "gay agenda" is a plan for undermining family values and for affording "special rights" to GLBT people.
Ally Identity Development
Stage 1: Confusion
not aware of oppression of LGBT persons in society
questions the need for an LGBT support group.
Stage 2: Comparison & Stage 3: Tolerance
contacts with LGBT family, friends, clients may create increased awareness of oppression.
goal to become more LGBT affirmative may be blocked by confusion, anxiety, & fear.
few role models exist
fear of homophobia from the majority culture & of rejection by the LGBT community keeps you from taking action.
Stage 4: Acceptance
takes more personal and professional risks in coming out as an LGBT ally
increased activism in LGBT issues may occur
increased professional networking, which reinforces the acceptability of being LGBT affirmative, allows advocacy to flourish
Stage 5: Pride
feelings of confusion, fear, and anxiety are replaced by pride.
productive confrontation of homophobic attitudes by other practitioners can lead to increased empowerment
begin to experience increased self-esteem and efficacy in activities
also experienced greater alienation from homophobic colleagues and organizations
Stage 6: Integration
feelings of greater professional and personal integration
more congruence between the counselor's values and behavior as an LGBT-affirmative individual
come to view his/her development and the development of other practitioners as a life-long process.
is cyclical
Break: 5:00 - 5:15. Then: Dr. Tarynn Witten!
(from: Chojnacki & Gelberg, 1995)
Groups of 3-4
Do you relate to this Ally Identity Development model? Where do you see yourself?
What are some of your fears/worries/anxieties about being an ally?
What are you excited about in being an ally?
What did you think?
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