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Legal and Ethical Challenges Facing LGBTQ Youth

This workshop invites participants to learn more about the concepts and issues facing the LGBTQ community and promotes a more culturally competent practice. Through discussion and hands-on activities, participants will be encouraged to explore and reflect upon ethical issues that may arise when working with younger clients who identify as LGBTQ. Current laws and policies will be reviewed, along with a focus on the importance of developing support plans and care options for youth clients and their families. With the use of vignettes and case examples, participants will explore the social worker's role in advocating, educating and caring for vulnerable clients within the LGBTQ community.

Learning Objectives

1 - review and highlight the pressing socio-political issues surrounding the topic of LGBTQ equality in our state and nation;
2 - review state and federal legislation related to the equality and the social worker's role in advocating, education and caring for clients;
3 - explore Social Work Values that relate to equality, namely Social Justice, Inherent Dignity and Worth of the Client and Competence; and
4 - explore the NASW Ethical Standards that relate to cultural awareness, the right to self-determination and protecting vulnerable clients.

Event Details

Friday, November 8, 2019
8 a.m. - Noon
Registration Fee: $30
204 E. College Street
Colloms Campus Center
Athens, TN 37303


Online registration available until November 1.

The TWU Social Work program will issue its own CEU certificates. There will be a $5.00 additional fee for each participant who wishes to receive a continuing education certificate from NASW-TN.

Field Instructors for the TWU Social Work program will have their registration fee waived.

About the Speaker

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Aaron Kyle Shadrick
Staff Therapist/Mental Health Clinician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Master of Science in Social Work
University of Tennessee,
May 2015

Bachelor of Social Work
University of North Alabama
May 2012

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