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Confronting Prejudice
Lesbian and Gay Issues in Social Work Education

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ISBN 9781857423600
Published November 14, 1996 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

This book brings lesbian and gay issues to the centre of the debate on anti-oppressive practice. It is an accessible and practical guide to the subject for all involved in student learning, aiming to provide practice teachers and educators with tools to help students develop their understanding of the effects of heterosexism as well as providing strategies for positive practice. Part 1 considers: ¢ the social background, raising important issues about the ways in which lesbians and gay men are marginalised in society and the subsequent reflection in social work education and practice; ¢ the legal framework within which social workers and probation officers operate, drawing attention to some of the tensions and dilemmas facing practitioners attempting to develop anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice; ¢ a framework within which to develop non-homophobic and non-heterosexist practice within the Diploma in Social Work, raising important issues which need to be addressed both within the academic institutions and the practice learning environment; ¢ how to facilitate students’ learning in relation to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice with lesbian and gay service users; ¢ the assessment of students’ competence within the academic and practice curriculum; ¢ a model of good practice in working with lesbians and gay men, offering practical suggestions which can be incorporated into existing policies and procedures. Part 2 provides practical teaching and training materials including how to organise the training session, exercises and notes for trainers. these can be adapted to reflect individual or group needs, within the practice learning or academic environment.

Table of Contents

Contents: Background: Setting the context; The legal framework; Ensuring non-homophobic and anti-heterosexist practice; Teaching and learning strategies; Assessment; A model of good practice. Teaching/training material: The teaching/training session; The exercises.

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Janette Logan is a Lecturer in Social Work at Manchester University, UK. Sheila Kershaw is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Kate Karban is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Sue Mills is a Manager of a Community home for eight young people for Wakefield Social Services Department. Joy Trotter is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Teeside, UK. Margo Sinclair is a practice placement initiative postholder with the South Yorkshire Dip.SW programme, based at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.


’...excellent introduction to the issues involved and a practical handbook for addressing them in the context of social work education. Overall, the book is an invaluable teaching aid and I suspect many qualified social workers might benefit also.’ Community Care ’...Thought-provoking, practical and is a text which has a clear and unambiguous practical application and which is firmly rooted in social work practice...It is open, challenging, non-judgemental, inclusive and clear in its commitment...this book is to be commended.’ British Journal of Social Work ’...I would recommend Confronting Prejudice to any instructor who is teaching or contemplating teaching a course for social work students on anti-oppressive practice.’ International Social Work