Many gay and lesbian clients feel that they must instruct their social worker about what it is like to be gay or lesbian. This workshop is designed for non-lesbian and gay social workers who want to gain cultural competence in working with this population. The facilitator is a gay social worker who uses didactic, experiential and case study methods to help participants feel confident in working with lesbian and gay clients.
This excellent and easy to listen to course provides a well-rounded yet in-depth overview of a variety of theories, concepts, values and ethical considerations for anyone(professional or lay person) interested in gaining a better understanding of the multifaceted issues impacting Gay & Lesbian clients. Dr. Joe Dooley colorfully and sensitively weaves individual case examples with overarching socio-cultural considerations to illustrate the developmental stages of expression in being a Gay or Lesbian client.
After listening to the program the student will be able to identify:
1. Sexuality and its different dimensions:
Social role in society
2. The “Coming Out” process, a developmental stages model
3. Examining our own resources/language/understanding re: “Coming Out” as we help a Lesbian or Gay client
4. Developing Cultural Competence in working with Gay and Lesbian clients
Dr. Joe Dooley, PhD, LCSW
Joe Dooley, Ph.D., LCSW, is an associate professor for the Social Work Department of Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also a visiting assistant professor for the School of Social Work, UW-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical social work at Loyola University in Chicago. Before entering academia, Joe was a clinical social worker for twenty years in a wide variety of mental health programs. His private practice focuses on work with LGBT clients.