Fall 2012

Social Work Practice with LGBT Persons
SW791 (Fall, 2012)

Sessions One & Two  
Overview of the Course Introduction to Key Concepts and Terms
Required Readings:
Davis, C. (2009). Introduction to practice with transgender and gender variant youth. In G.P. Mallon (Ed.) Social services with transgender youth (pp. 1-22). New York: Routledge.

Hess, P., &  Feldman, N. (2008). Values and ethics in social work practice with LGBT people. In G.P. Mallon (Ed.) Social work practice with LGBT people (pp. 25-39 ). New York: Routledge.
Mallon, G.P. (2008). Knowledge for practice with LGBT people. In G.P. Mallon (Ed.) Social work practice with LGBT people (pp. 1-24). New York: Routledge.
Mallon, G.P. (2008). Appendix 1: Key definitions and terms. In G.P. Mallon (Ed.) Social work practice with LGBT people (pp. 383-395). New York: Routledge.
Mallon, G.P. (2009). Knowledge for practice with transgender and gender variant youth. In G.P. Mallon (Ed.) Social services with transgender youth (pp. 22-37). New York: Routledge. 


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.

Session Three  
Understanding Heterocentrism & Homophobia: Theory, Manifestations and Implications for Practice
Required Readings:
Allport, G. (1954). The nature of prejudice. Cambridge, MA: Addison-Wesley, Chapter 9. 

Cain, R. (1991). Stigma management and gay identity development. Social Work, 36(1), 67-73.
Goffman, E. (1963). Stigma: Notes on the management of a spoiled identity. New York: Simon & Schuster, Chapter 2.
Herek, G. M. (1995). Psychological heterosexism in the United States. In A. R. D' Augelli & C.J. Patterson, (Eds.), Gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities over the lifespan (pp. 321 - 346). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Pharr, S. (1988). Homophobia: A weapon of sexism. Inverness, CA: Chardon Press, pp. 53-64.
National Association of Social Workers. (1994a). Lesbian and gay issues. In National Association of Social Workers (Eds.) Social Work Speaks, (pp. 162-165). Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.
NASW (1994b). Social work speaks. Transgender issues. Washington, DC: NASW.

Walters, K.L., & Old Person, R.L. (2008). LGBT people of color: Reconciling divided selves and communities. In G.P. Mallon (Ed.)

Social work practice with LGBT people (pp. 41-69). New York: Routledge.


Session Four  

Resources and Readings:

Transgender History Timeline

Daughters of Bilitis

California Is First State to Ban Gay ‘Cure’ for Minors
Gay rights advocates say disputed therapies to “overcome” homosexuality have caused emotional harm to teenagers.

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot occurred in August 1966 in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. This incident was one of the first recorded transgender riots in United States history, preceding the more famous 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City

Gay and Lesbian Well-Being


Session Five  
Resources and Readings:

Session Six  
Resources and Readings:

Sessions Seven & Eight  
Practice with LGBTQ Youth

Resources and Readings:

Gay And Lesbian Adolescents And Their Families

And Still I Rise:  A Look at Gay Youth Through Statistics:

Foster Care’s Invisible Youth (Full Episode) |  Categories: Family & CommunityPolitics, Public Policy & Public AffairsYouth
There are approximately 400,000 youth in foster care in the United States. A disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) children end up in the system, though an exact count is unknown.

This month on IN THE LIFE, seven LGBTQ youth from the foster care system share their stories, as well as Dr. Gary Mallon. Failed by their families, these young people go on to face rejection from foster families, invisibility within the system and incredible obstacles to healthy development. 

Working with Transgender Youth in Foster Care and Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
This NRCPFC webcast focused on working with transgender youth in foster care and runaway and homeless youth programs. Dr. Mallon, Director of the NRCPFC, and his guest Inkera Jordan discussed some of the potential needs of this population. Dr. Mallon and Ms. Jordan focused on practice skills and enhancing competency in working with transgender and gender non-conforming youth utilizing a strengths-based approach. (May 18, 2011)

Videos on Working with LGBT Youth: Larkin Street Stories
Larkin Street Youth Services is an organization in San Francisco that provides homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help and comprehensive services they need to rebuild their lives. Larkin Street participated in creating training videos for working with LGBT youth for the Homeless Resource Center, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The SAMSHA YouTube Channel now features the following Larkin Street Stories (April 2011):

NRCPFC Toolkit for Practitioners/Researchers Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY)
This National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) toolkit for practitioners/researchers working with LGBTQ RHY draws findings from: first-hand accounts from interviews, literature reviews, and empirical research. The toolkit is infused with cultural considerations, recognizing the diversity of the LGBTQ RHY population. It outlines specific evidence-based and evidence-informed programs, practice models, and assessment/evaluation tools that are currently being used by agency staff working with LGBTQ RHY. It highlights available cultural sensitivity and standards of care training curricula for staff and youth from LGBTQ RHY-serving agencies and includes sample agency non-discrimination policies. This resource includes the following sections: Glossary; Introduction; LGBTQ RHY Population; Promising Practices with LGBTQ RHY – Telephone Interviews; Policy/Legislation for LGBTQ RHY; Service Gaps/Limitations; and, Directions for Future Research and Inquiry. This publication was authored by Kristin M. Ferguson-Colvin, Ph.D. and Elaine M. Maccio, Ph.D. (September 2012)


Session Nine  

Resources and Readings:

APA on Lesbian and Gay Parenting



Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Parenting

Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Faces Test in Courts
The method, which claims to help men overcome unwanted same-sex attractions, is the focus of two lawsuits in New Jersey and California.

Gender in LGBTQ Families
In this webinar, sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev, Albany, NY-area family therapist, educator and writer, discussed gender in LGBTQ families, including roles within same-sex couples, gender identity, trans parenting, and raising gender-variant children. Ari also addressed questions such as, “‘How do we assist our children in developing healthy gender identities, whether they are “normative” or variant?’ and ‘How do we, as parents, manage our own angst about our children’s developing sex and gender identities?’” (January 2012)

Working with GLBTQ Children, Youth, and Families
This NRCPFC presentation by Dr. Gerald Mallon addresses the following topics pertaining to working with GLBTQ children youth, and families: basic knowledge, language/symbols, coming out/found out, adaptations for GLBTQ persons, and, assessment & interventions.

Supporting and Retaining LGBT Foster and Adoptive Parents (Brief 3)
This practice brief from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections identifies and addresses important practices for supporting and retaining LGBT Foster and Adoptive Parents, including providing peer support and a ‘safe space’ to explore issues; providing information and linking LGBT parents to opportunities to engage in support groups; and, making on-going post-approval training accessible. It discusses the importance of recognizing the particular vulnerabilities and strengths of LGBT parents. This resource includes the following sections: Introduction; Post-Permanency Support Issues for LGBT Foster and Adoptive Parents; Characteristics of Post-Permanency Support Services; and, Organizations and Resources.(October 2012)

LGBT Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families: The Homestudy Assessment Process (Brief 2)
This practice brief from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections includes the following sections: Introduction; Assessment of LGBT-Headed Foster and Adoptive Families; The First Contact; Training Groups for Prospective Resource Families; Should the Homestudy Be Different for LGBT Parents?; Issues to Address in a Homestudy; Implications for Competent Practice and Assessment; Conclusion. This publication offers an overview of formats being used to write homestudies for prospective LGBT adoptive and foster parents. It also provides questions that social workers can use to assist with the homestudy and related resources. (October 2012)

Strategies for Recruiting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families (Brief 1)
This publication provides an introduction to the topic of LGBT parents as a resource in the child welfare system, followed by a discussion of strategies for recruiting and engaging LGBT resource families. It includes the following sections: Special Considerations in Recruiting LGBT Parents; Developing Internal and External Communication Strategies; General Recruitment Strategies; Targeted Recruitment Strategies; and, Welcoming LGBT Prospective Parents Who Contact Your Agency. The Closing Thoughts section outlines specific steps that agencies can take to be inclusive and affirming of LGBT resource families, and provides additional resources. This publication was developed collaboratively by the National Resource Center for Adoption, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, and the National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids. (April 2012)

Daddy & Papa
Daddy & Papa is a documentary film on parenting by gay men. Through the stories of four different families, the film delves into some of the particular challenges facing gay men who decide to become dads. From surrogacy, foster care, and interracial adoption, to the complexities of gay marriage and divorce, to the battle for full legal status as parents, Daddy & Papa presents a revealing look at some of the gay fathers who are breaking new ground in the ever-changing landscape of the American family. It includes a look at adoption through the foster care system. (2002)


Session Eleven  
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Sessions Twelve & Thirteen  
Social Work Practice with Transgender and Gender Variant People
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