• May 2010
  • Vol. 11, No. 4

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Syllabus for Working With LGBTQ Youth

The National Association of Social Workers and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund have developed a curriculum to help child welfare practitioners improve out-of-home care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Moving the Margins: Training Curriculum for Child Welfare Services With LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care provides training on building the capacity, awareness, and skills of social workers and other child welfare practitioners.

The curriculum is divided into modules so that trainers can tailor the classes for students with varied levels of understanding, prior knowledge, and job responsibilities. The first half of the curriculum focuses on cultural competency for those who are new to working with LGBTQ clients, staff, and peers. It is a 2.5-hour training in values clarification that addresses, among other topics, strategies to balance personal views and professional responsibilities if the two are in conflict.

The second half of the curriculum focuses on building skills. Each module explores situations LGBTQ clients often face in out-of-home care. The modules include scenarios for small-group discussions, role-playing, and learning labs.

The complete 156-page curriculum is available in a PDF file (2,620 KB): 


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