Lifelong Learning

Program Description

App of Strats for Wrkg w/ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Yth in Foster Care

Dates:July 25, 2014
Meets:F from 8:45 AM to 12 N
Location:GRAND RAPIDS - BIK 230
Instructor:Mary Banghart Therrien
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Training in cultural competency for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth is needed among all social work professionals. It is not enough to simply accept these youth; professionals must model and practice appropriate culturally competent behaviors. An alarming and disproportionate number of LGBTQ youth suffer from emotional or physical abuse from family members, homelessness, substance abuse, emotional and physical victimization, suicide, and harassment. Recently, leadership in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has called for those in child welfare to be knowledgeable in working with this population. This training will build on basic skills and best-practice research provided by Professor Banghart Therrien. Participants will apply competency to case situations, develop strategies to address “coming out” and compare best practices to more knowledgably and responsively address the needs of LGBTQ youth in and aging out of foster care.