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This basic-level course provides current information on issues and dynamics that affect LGB youth and their families and discusses best practices for working with this population. The course begins by defining various terms and acronyms commonly used when discussing LGB issues and follows with a discussion of LGB youth development, including understanding youth sexual orientation and the origins of sexual orientation. The role of cultural diversity in identity development is discussed, along with models of LGB identity development.
The course then details four major areas that affect LGB youth in their development as adolescents: coming out, violence and bullying, mental and physical health, and child welfare. Because issues facing any adolescent are also family issues, particular focus is paid to interventions from a family systems perspective. The course describes three current models of family therapy: structural family therapy, solution-focused family therapy, and narrative family therapy. For each model, the course covers the theory of the model and the intervention skills involved. Each of the models is applied to practice using a series of case scenarios involving a family with an adolescent lesbian daughter.
Participants will learn about other modalities useful in work with LGB youth and their families, such as crisis intervention, individual therapy, and group work. The target audience for this course is behavioral health and healthcare professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses; however, other professionals who interact with LGB youth will find this course useful.
Participants will receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
New Jersey Social Workers - This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1499 from 8/14/2017 to 8/14/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 3
- Discuss lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth development.
- Explain contemporary challenges facing LGB youth and their families.
- Differentiate the family therapy models used with LGB youth and their families.
- Identify additional interventions for LGB youth and their families.
Mitchell Rosenwald, PhD, LCSW, is an associate professor of social work at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He received his MSW and PhD in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, his MA in sociology from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and his BA in sociology and economics from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Rosenwald has worked with children and families and co-facilitated youth groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. He has presented on key issues in adolescent development for this population and his publication topics include practice with the LGBT population in child welfare settings and psychotherapy groups. He is the co-author of Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care.
Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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