Institutional Change and Transgender Employment- Cultural and Ethical Issues (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course discusses transgender employment discrimination, related ethical implications, and why advocacy is needed.  Important legal cases are examined, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Bostock v. Clayton County.  The course highlights ethical standards from the NASW Code of Ethics, including engaging in social and political action (macro level); practicing non-discriminatory practices (mezzo level); and promoting the well-being of clients (micro level).   The course provides an overview of what it means to be transgender with guidance on how to be a good ally.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.

Unfortunately, this course is no longer available in CE Broker for Florida professionals.

Participants who complete this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours. 1 of these clock hours is Ethics and 1 of these clock hours is Social and Cultural Competence.

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Course Readings:  

Institutional Change and Transgender Employment by Alex Redcay and Wade Luquet; Advances in Social Work Fall 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People, Supporting the Transgender People in Your Life: A Guide to Being a Good Ally; National Center for Transgender Equality

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring transgender employment discrimination and relevant ethical implications.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the impact of transgender employment discrimination.  Identify ethical implications for social workers using the NASW Code of Ethics.  Describe what it means to be transgender and how to be a good ally.

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Course Available Until: September 30, 2025.

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1: Title __________ of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination 'because'
2: In June of _________, the Supreme Court ruled that the phrase 'because of sex' also included gender identity and sexual orientation (Bostock v. Clayton County).
3: Until the June 2020 Supreme Court decision, there was no comprehensive, federal nondiscrimination law that included _________.
4: Transgender individuals can still be discriminated against by employers with fewer than _______ employees.
5: Simplistically, the Supremacy Clause asserts that state constitutions are only allowed to provide _____________ civil liberties than the federal constitution provides.
6: Individuals who are transgender are a protected class under Title VII so employers cannot discriminate against them for transitioning.
7: Employers are required to recognize the gender identity of all employees and cannot require employees to medically transition prior to gender identity recognition.
8: Which organization might provide advice regarding employment non-discrimination policies and practices?
9: Which DSM 5 diagnosis was added to describe the stress transgender persons experience during their transition from the change and non-acceptance of others?
10: At the __________ level, social workers are called upon in the NASW Code of Ethics standard 6.04 to take Social and Political Action.
11: At the __________ level of practice, social workers and social administrators must assure that their own organizations and agencies are practicing non-discriminatory hiring practices.
12: At the _________ level, social workers are ethically obligated to promote the well-being of their client.
13: Gender identity refers to
14: Many transgender people find it helpful to get counseling to
15: A transgender person's identity depends on
16: Which of the following would be an appropriate topic to ask a transgender person?

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 cultural competence continuing education credits.

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 has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.