Intersectional Approaches to Social Work with LGBTQIA Individuals and Communities

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This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of issues that impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals, families, and communities. Using an intersectional, social justice, & biopsychosocial ecological approach, a variety of perspectives (including historical, political, sociological, psychological, etc.) are examined to assist students in understanding the complexity and dynamics of the person-in-environment perspective when working with LGBTQIA individuals. Through readings, in-class discussions and exercises, and critical reflections, we explore power and privilege; the intersections of LGBTQIA identities with other systems of oppression such as racism, genderism, classism, and ageism; trauma; and healing.

Courses are subject to change at any time. Please check mySSA for the quarters, days, and times that courses will be held, as well as room numbers.