1st Edition

Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations An Interactional Perspective

Edited By Claire L. Dente Copyright 2019
    316 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    316 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations provides an overview of key issues for social workers working with LGBTQIA clients. Each chapter considers clients' experiences in different social and interpersonal contexts. This text encourages students to think critically about the barriers and discriminations clients might face in their lives and how social workers can be equipped to address these issues. Students are challenged to develop approaches that extend support to these clients and that remove structural barriers that clients face within the systems they encounter. Utilizing intersectionality theory, students will gain an understanding of the risks and protective factors unique to this population in social work contexts.

    1: Introduction: Background & Assumptions, Claire L. Dente; 2: Marriage Equality, Relationships & Divorce, Karen Myers; 3: Family & Parenting, Mohan Vinjamuri; 4: Adoption Considerations, Becky Duddy-Burke, Sara A. Chominski, Claire L. Dente; 5: Social Services, Tiffany Y. Lane; 6: Education & Schools, Karen Myers; 7: Race, Ethnicity and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, Terrence O. Lewis; 8: Working with Transgender and Non-binary Client Populations, Erin Hipple, Austin J. Angiollilo, Ona H. Grant; 9: Addiction & Mental Health, Anthony Estreet, Tonya C. Phillips, Michelle G. Thompson; 10: Healthcare Access & Disparities, Lisa E. Cox, Kimberly A. Furphy; 11: Legal Systems & Violence, Casey Bohrman; 12: Economics & the Workplace, Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis; 13: Religion & Spirituality, Claire L. Dente; 14: Aging, Noell Rowan, Sandra Butler; 15: Global Issues, Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, Michele Eggers​ Barison; About the Contributors; Glossary of Terms; Index


    Claire L. Dente is a licensed clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She received a BA from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, an MSW from The National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Her social work practice has included work in physical rehabilitation and ability services, college mental health and diversity issues. She is especially interested in the intersection of religion and spirituality with sexual orientation and gender identity. She has worked as a social worker on a stroke unit, as director of a university counseling center and disability services office, and as a social work faculty member.

    As a Catholic nun involved in pastoral ministry to LGBTQIA persons since 1971, I have seen too much prejudice and outright hostility toward them. Claire Dente’s book, Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations, is just the right kind of tool social workers need to understand the experiences of LGBTQIA persons.

    Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL, Co-Founder of New Ways Ministry

    The authors thoughtfully challenge students and social work professionals to engage LGBTQIA clients in a culturally sensitive and competent manner. Dente masterfully weaves together the integration of social work knowledge, values, and skills in addition to providing valuable tools to support the individual. This text is a "must have" resource for any student or professional working within this community.

    Troy L. Brindle, LCSW, Past President NASW-PA and Co-Owner, Founder, and Director of Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Springfield Psychological, Springfield Pennsylvania