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Affirmative Practice: What Did You Learn?

by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

Before answering I ask that you think about what you learned as a Social Work student with regards to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients.  I have heard Social Workers say that their class included course work on GLB clients but glossed over or ignored transgender clients.

Suggested reading:

Affirmative Practice: Understanding and Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons. Ski Hunter and Jane C. Hickerson.  NASW Press.

Photo Credit: By Léna (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0]


Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.


  1. Reblogged this on The Political Social Worker and commented:

    Poll: Did your social work program prepare you to work with GLBT clients?

  2. Yes! I discuss this all the time. I am graduating with my MSW in May and am forever talking about the fact that while social work programs are getting better about sexual orientation issues, they do not prepare practitioners to work with the T in LGBT. I have actually started a group (and blog) to try and change this, if you are interested.


    I’m trying to figure out how to reblog this on my site, hopefully I can get it to work! Thanks.

    • Politicalsocialworker April 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you Lisa. I also happen to be a co-editor at socialworkhelper.com. Let me know if you are interested in doing a guest post for the online magazine. You can write about your group and we will link to your blog. Also check out my friend and colleugue Donna Riely’s site http://www.donnariley.com/. She is a clinical social worker and PhD candidate who specializes in working with the transgender community. About 12 or so years ago she found the first transgender support group on Long Island. You might want to reach out to her.

      Let me know if there is anything I can help you with. You can email me at rwest@politicalsocialworker.org.

      • Wow, wonderful Rachel – thank you! I will definitely reach out to Donna and I will check out the magazine, it sounds very interesting. I would love to do a guest post for the magazine, that would be great. I only just started these efforts the past month, but once I graduate in May I expect to have much more time to dedicate to it. I look forward to getting to know you better in the future.


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