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Understanding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: New and current child welfare personnel seeking information on the issues of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth

Intended Objectives:

  • Gain insight into how abuse affects this population
  • Develop a working knowledge of developmental stages of the “coming out” process
  • Become familiar with treatment goals, issues, and needs of this population
  • Identify and help provide safety to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth.

Topics Include:

  • Stages of sexual identity development
  • Risk factors specific to this population
  • Redefining abuse definitions for this population
  • Institutional barriers
  • Improving sensitivity- what you can do
  • Cultural implications
  • Clinical issues-transference, counter-transference, family dynamics
  • Children who have gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered caretakers

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

3.6 Student is aware of his/her own emotional responses to clients in areas where his/her values are challenged, and is able to utilize the awareness to effectively manage the client-worker relationship.

4.2 Student understands the process of human sexual development and behavior.

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