Document Type

Report

Publication Date

2015

Publication Title

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Publisher Name

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Abstract

This online North American study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social work students (n=1,018) in bachelor of social work (BSW; 24%) or master’s of social work (MSW; 76%) programs explored educational experiences in 126 programs in 44 U. S. states and 7 Canadian provinces. Forty-four percent of students reported limited inclusion of LGBTQ content in classes, yet 64% indicated some degree of support for their LGBTQ identities in their programs. One-third reported homophobic experiences in programs, yet many (63%) were aware of “out” LGBTQ faculty. Overall, students reported fairly low levels of self-assessed practice readiness with specific subpopulations (i.e., gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender), with participants reporting the highest (somewhat prepared) self-assessed readiness with gay populations and the lowest (not well-prepared) self-assessed readiness with transgender populations. Participants suggested lower readiness for their non-LGBTQ colleagues. Implications for social work education are discussed.

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http://www.cswe.org/File.aspx?id=82833

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© 2015 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This report was originally published at http://www.cswe.org/CentersInitiatives/Diversity/AboutDiversity/15550/15548/82831.aspx.

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