Afternoon Workshop 3

End of Life Issues with GLBT Clients

Presented by James Fedor, MSW, LCSW


This workshop will offer participants insight into the aging and end of life needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults through the exploration of societal, historical, political and psychological issues. In addition, the impact that the confluence of these elements has on how GLBT older adults experience terminal illness and bereavement will be addressed. Participants will learn clinical interventions as well as sensitivity training to aid in working effectively with this population.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
1. Understand the coming out process in a socio-cultural-historical context.
2. Understand why sexual orientation is significant to older adulthood.
3. Understand unique strengths and challenges that the older GLBT person might have in coping with end of life issues.

Presenter Information

James Fedor is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice.  His areas of clinical expertise are on LGBTQ issues, coming out across the lifespan, and sexuality issues among older adults.  He worked for ten years as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor, and received advanced training at the International Observatory for End of Life Care at Lancaster University in England.  He is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers.

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