Workshop 4

Working Competently with Members of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community

Presented by Wayne Pawlowski, MSW, LICSW, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator

Course Description

In order to understand and be competent to work with the LGB community, practitioners must first recognize that the LGB  community is comprised of 3 separate communities, each of which operates and identifies within a larger cultural, racial, ethnic, and/or gender context. Designed for practitioners who are new to working with openly LGB individuals, this workshop will explore the similarities and differences among these three communities, psycho-social issues that impact LGB individuals, and appropriate language to use/avoid when working with LGB individuals. In addition, it will explore the interface among race, ethnicity, gender, and age with sexual orientation identity and gender identity. In particular, differences in how people of color and Caucasians deal with sexual orientation identity formation will be addressed.

In order to adequately and appropriately address the various needs of these communities, this workshop intentionally does not substantively address Transgender and/or Questioning individuals.

Learning Objectives

  • Define four sexual orientations (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual).
  • Differentiate between sexual orientation identity and racial, ethnic, and cultural identity.
  • Differentiate between sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • List three psycho-social issues that are unique to sexual minority clients.
  • Learn to use appropriate and avoid inappropriate language when working with LGB clients.

Presenter Information

Wayne V. Pawlowski, MSW, LICSW, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Wayne V. Pawlowski is an independent trainer and clinical social worker based in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Washington, D.C.  Mr. Pawlowski has worked for 30 years in sexuality education and reproductive health. Previously, he was the Director of Training for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C.  Mr. Pawlowski is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer and educator, having provided training in 49 of the 50 states, as well as 14 nations. His work has been recognized with such awards as the First annual “Educators Award” from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (1995), and the Planned Parenthood “Mary Lee Tatum Award” (2004). Mr. Pawlowski is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (L.I.C.S.W) in the District of Columbia, and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (A.C.S.W.).

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