Monday, November 18, 2013

Class agenda November 19

This week we will be hearing from Shannon Marling, from S.A.G.E. She'll be discussing issues unique to aging and elderly LGBTQ persons. She has a great talk prepared, so you won't want to miss it!

Also, we'll be covering cases # 28 and 21 for presentations this week.

Thanks, see you all tomorrow!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Class Agenda for November 12

Hello everyone!
Our guest speaker for this week is Stacie Vecchietti, Community Organizing Manager, from Safe Harbor Shelter. She will be talking about issues related to intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the LGBTQ community. She will also talk about a great collaborative project that Safe Harbor and 6 other area organizations have put together.

In addition, we'll be hearing presentations for cases # 25 and 12, so be sure to review those before you come to class! Thanks, and see you all then!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Class agenda and follow up from November 5

Hello again!
Thanks for an insightful conversation around issues going on in your field placements and things you learned during your interview assignment. I will share the powerpoint presentation via Blackboard, but here are the highlights:

Also, we had a guest panel from the newly formed LGBTQ Psychopharmacology Clinic at MCV! Our panelists were: Dr. Lisa Griffin: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Will Maixner: Associate Administrator and Director of Strategic Planning & Development.

Our assigned supplemental readings were:

  • (Optional) Barber, M. E. (2009). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people with severe mental illness. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 13(2), 133–142. doi:10.1080/19359700902761305
  • Cochran, B. N., & Cauce, A. M. (2006). Characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals entering substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 30(2), 135–46. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2005.11.009
  • Meyer, I. H. (1995). Minority stress and mental health in gay men. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 36(1), 38–56.
  • (Optional) Meyer, I. H. (2003). Prejudice, social stress, and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: conceptual issues and research evidence. Psychological bulletin, 129(5), 674–97. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.129.5.674
  • Riggle, E. D. B., Whitman, J. S., Olson, A., Rostosky, S. S., & Strong, S. (2008). The positive aspects of being a lesbian or gay man. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(2), 210–217. doi:10.1037/0735-7028.39.2.210
  • Semp, D. (2011). Questioning heteronormativity: using queer theory to inform research and practice within public mental health services. Psychology and Sexuality, 2(1), 69–86. doi:10.1080/19419899.2011.536317

Class Agenda from October 29

Hello again! Yes, I'm still playing catch-up on posting about all the wonderful things going on both inside and outside of our class. As you may recall, we had a guest panel conversation on practices, challenges, and opportunities in macro social work practice with LGBTQ persons. Our guest panel consisted of:

  • Joey Honeycutt (Crisis Response Coordinator, Orange County Rape Crisis Center) 
  • Dr. Liz Canfield (Assistant Professor at Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at VCU, and Queer Action Faculty Advisor)
  • Beth Panilaitis (Executive Director, ROSMY)
  • Dr. Alex Wagaman (Asssistant Professor at VCU School of Social Work)
I will be sending out contact information via Blackboard for these wonderful guest speakers in the event that you wish to follow up with any of them. The interview paper assignment was due November 5th, so I'll be looking forward to reading your papers this week!

Our assigned supplemental readings were:

  • Natale, A. P., & Miller-Cribbs, J. E. (2012). Same-sex marriage policy: Advancing social, political, and economic justice. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 8, 155-172, doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2012.660786
  • Smith, J. D. (1998). Working with larger systems. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 7:3, 13-21, DOI: 10.1300/J041v07n03_02
  • Optional: Hart, P. (2011-2012). Absence and uncertainty: LGBT families in federally funded healthy relationship programs. LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School, 2, 83-95.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Twitter feed

Also, don't forget to check out tweets from our Twitter account and hashtag! There you can find tweets from students and me (the instructor) where we share information about LGBTQ issues with each other and with the greater social work twitter world. Account: @LGBTQsocialwork hashtag: #LGBTQsocialwork

Workshop - Building an Intersectional LGBTQ Movement w/ SONG

Hey all! Just a quick follow up from an e-mail announcement I sent out a couple weeks ago... (yes, I'm playing the catch-up game on this blog. Sorry about the delay!). The workshop hosted by Southerners On New Ground (SONG) was a fantastic community-building exercise and created some great dialogue among LGBTQ movers and shakers here in Richmond.

The workshop gave both an example of exercises to use in your own movement building efforts, but also a space to dialogue about issues related to intersectionality within the LGBTQ movement in Richmond.

Additionally, Suzanne Pharr, author of the classic text, Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism, and co-founder of SONG, was there to educate us about intersectionality. I got the best picture of her in action:

Go to SONG's website to learn more about their organization, and how you can get involved!