Working with Lesbian-Headed Families: What Social Workers Need to Know (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course offers suggestions for social workers when working with lesbian-headed families.  The course proposes three key areas:  knowledge, space, and language that social workers must address when working with non-traditional families.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.   This course is not recommended for National Certified Counselors.

Reading:  Working with Lesbian-Headed Families:  What Social Workers Need to Know

Author:  Misty L. Wall

Publisher:  Advances in Social Work

Find the Reading at:  https://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/viewFile/8846/16384

Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to working with lesbian-headed families.

Learning Objectives:  Describe common cultural LGBT myths.  Identify actions that can be taken to create affirmative space.  Contrast non-inclusive language vs inclusive language.

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1: Ellen Lewin’s 1994 work on lesbian mothers offers insight into how lesbian women seemed to consider the role of ‘father’ in their children’s lives.  Using Lewin’s work, which of the following reflects how lesbian women responded when defining the paternal role?
 
 
 
 
2: Lesbians often rely more on _______________ (Erwin, 2007).
 
 
3: Which of the following is an accurate assumption about LGBT culture?
 
 
 
 
4: Which of the following is an accurate assumption about LGBT culture?
 
 
 
 
 
5: Children of lesbian-headed families have been shown to demonstrate higher levels of ____________ when compared to children of heterosexual-headed families (Goldberg et al, 2012; Mallon, 2011; Patterson, 2000; Stacey and Biblarz, 2001).
 
 
 
 
6: Lindsay and colleagues (2011) characterize the degree to which sexual orientation is disclosed on a continuum of
 
 
 
 
7: Which is an example of proud disclosure
 
 
 
8: Which of the following is an example of creating affirmative space?
 
 
 
 
9: Which of the following is not an example of an LGBT-afirming environment?
 
 
 
 
10: Terminology such as 'married, single, or divorced' is an example of __________ language
 
 
11: Terminology such as 'name of partner' is an example of __________ language
 
 
12: In her published diary, Gray (1987) writes of the disconnection she felt after
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hour.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.