Fall 2009

Social Work Practice With Lesbian And Gay Clients
SW790.01 (Fall, 2009)

Session One Readings and Resources:
CSWE and Lambda Legal Release First Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Study in Social Work Education
CSWE and Lambda Legal jointly released the results of a study on sexual orientation and gender expression in social work programs aimed to determine the level of preparation for students to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals and LGBT youth in out-of-home care. This nationwide survey revealed that program directors and faculty need more resources to increase their knowledge on sexual orientation and gender expression and to further infuse content on LGBT individuals and youth throughout curricula areas.

"The results of this study make it clear that we as a profession have integrated sexual orientation-related content into curricular offerings, but we can do more," said CSWE Executive Director Julia M. Watkins. "There are many opportunities for developing models to better address gender identity/expression in specific course content and field placements."

Session Two Readings and Resources:

Session Three Readings and Resources:

Coming Out Power Point Slides

Theories of Coming Out

Coming Out Stories

Vivian Cass' Coming Out Model


Audre Lorde's Work

Session Four Social Work Practice with Bisexual People


FAQ About Bisexual People  

Bisexual Resource Center

The Kinsey Scale

Klein Sexual Orientation Grid

Bisexuality 101 by PFLAG

Session Five Social Work Practice with Transgender and Gender Variant People

Session Six Practice with Gay Individuals and Couples
The "MY DIVA" Piece on Margaret Dumont I wrote. (It is interesting, an example of how I think, brings up the issue of therapists and professional use of self).

Christopher Murray's webpage

Session Seven Social Work Practice with Gay and Lesbian Individuals and Couples

Session Eight Practice with LGBTQ Youth

Session Nine Practice with LGBT Families of Origin and Families of Creation

Great Films about LGBT Parenting

  • Daddy and Papa
    DADDY & PAPA is a one hour documentary exploring the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who are making a decision that is at once traditional and revolutionary: to raise children themselves. Taking us inside four gay male families, DADDY & PAPA traces the day-to-day challenges and the larger, critical issues that inevitably intersect their private lives—the ambiguous place of interracial families in America, the wonder and precariousness of surrogacy and adoption, the complexities of marriage and divorce within the gay community, and the legality of their own parenthood.

    As fathers, these men must take on numerous challengers: from conservatives who regard them the very antithesis of family; to average Americans who believe mothers are essential to a child’s development; to the gay community, where hard-won independence and sexual freedoms often clash with the demands of parenting. Despite all these obstacles, America is in the midst of a “gayby boom,” with thousands of gay men across the country making the conscious decision to become fathers. DADDY & PAPA enters into the heart of the debate over gay fatherhood, examining the value of alternative households, the effects of gender and sexual orientation on children, and the changing face of the American family.