Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.

CWDS Curriculum


Level:  Advanced Practice – (Lineworkers, Supervisors, Managers)

Credits:  6 hours

Intended Audience: This course is intended for social workers, supervisors, managers, community partners, law enforcement and mental health professionals

Description of Course: This training will engage participants in understanding Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE). Luck P. Luckey will share his/her personal story and experiences as a vehicle for deeper understanding of these issues

Intended Objectives:

  • Ability to distinguish between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and related LGBTQ terms
  • Recognition of the impact of accepting and rejecting behaviors on LGBTQ youth
  • Awareness of preventing bias from becoming barriers
  • Capacity to reframe the “coming out process” for LGBTQ youth, their families and their environments as “letting in”
  • Opportunity to demonstrate best practice to determine preferred name and pronouns when interviewing LGBTQ

Topics Include:

  • Participants will be introduced to terms and concepts associated with the LGBTQ+ community to increase their ability to engage with children and youth
  • Trainees will have the opportunity to ‘try on’ best practice when interviewing LGBTQ children and youth to determine preferred name and pronouns
  • Solution focused inquiry techniques will be offered as a strategy to help children and youth feel safe and connected while partnering with their worker in assessing for safety and danger, as well as goal setting
  • Trainees will explore how to prevent internalized biases from becoming barriers when working with LGBTQ+ children and youth, and the impact of transphobia
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