LSU Professor Co-Author’s LGBTQ Social Work Toolkit

11/06/2012 03:33 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU School of Social Work Associate Professor Elaine M. Maccio has co-authored a special toolkit for practitioners/researchers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning, or LGBTQ, runaway and homeless youth, or RHY, for the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.

Maccio and co-author Kristin M. Ferguson-Colvin, associate professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York, created a toolkit that provides best practices for working with the LGBTQ youth in the RHY service population.  

The toolkit provides practitioners with important service information and advises social workers on the unique challenges LGBTQ youth face.

“LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the RHY population at 20 to 40 percent,” said Maccio. “They are also more likely to be physically and sexually assaulted, rely on survival sex, use drugs and alcohol and develop mental health problems. Clearly this is a population that needs our attention.”

In their research on available services, staff training, governmental policies, and best practices, Ferguson-Colvin and Maccio interviewed social workers, psychologists, nurses, attorneys and individuals with business degrees.  

“The field of runaway homeless youth services is very interdisciplinary,” said Ferguson-Colvin.  “We anticipate that the toolkit content from a variety of disciplinary perspectives will be useful for practitioners, advocates, policy-makers and researchers working with LGBTQ RHY.”

The toolkit, which includes an extensive list of resources to help social work providers serve LGBTQ clients, is available here in a .pdf file, through the Silberman School of Social Work.

The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections is a training, technical assistance, and information services organization at the Silberman School of Social Work dedicated to helping strengthen the capacity of child welfare agencies to institutionalize a safety-focused, family-centered, and community-based approach to meet the needs of children, youth and families.

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The School of Social Work is celebrating 75 years of offering graduate education at LSU. It is one of six schools realigned to form the new LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, joining the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science and the University Laboratory School.

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012