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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
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Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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Pedagogy for unpacking heterosexist and cisgender bias in social work education in the United States

Pedagogy for unpacking heterosexist and cisgender bias in social work education in the United States

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(p.205) Twelve Pedagogy for unpacking heterosexist and cisgender bias in social work education in the United States
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities
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Susan Saltzburg

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.003.0012

Reflecting the profession’s values to promote social justice, social work associations serve as maps for leading the profession’s mission across the globe. Explicit commitments recognize that health is fundamental to human rights and that social work training plays a key role in educating students about the need to mitigate the impact of social and health inequalities among the marginalized communities they serve. While social work educators are charged with instilling these values in students, embracing these ideals may create unique challenges. Many social work students still harbour lingering vestiges of prejudice, with and without their conscious knowledge. As internalized beliefs derived from dominant discourses carry over into direct practice LGBT clients are at risk of having their lives evaluated and prescribed by using heterosexual and cisgender norms. Drawing from tenets of critical pedagogy and Narrative Therapy and Community Practice, the chapter proposes innovative pedagogy using critical self-reflection in the context of dialogue for re-positioning students in LGBT culturally affirmative locations for practice.

Keywords:   critical pedagogy, narrative therapy, community practice, Foucault, mutual learning environments

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