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Prejudices That Impact LGBTQ+ People
This webinar is designed for social workers who are providing front line services, mental health care, and performing the controlled act of psychotherapy in Ontario. It utilizes a creative approach and provides tools to help social workers think about the impact of prejudices targeting LGBTQ+ communities when seeking mental health services. The webinar will provide an overview of socially constructed prejudices impacting the lives of clients who identify as members of LGBTQ+ communities with the hope of reducing, preventing and repairing harm in the social work relationship. We particularly emphasize testimonies from members of LGBTQ+ communities at multiple intersections as examples of the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression that can occur when working with clients. The goal is to provide strategies to prevent and repair systemic harm that may happen when working with LGBTQ+ people.

This Webinar is FREE for Ontario Registered Social Workers (RSW), Registered Social Service Workers (RSSW) and Students of Social Work and Social Service Work Programs. Please note: If you are not an RSW, RSSW or student of these programs in Ontario, you may still attend but will be charged a nominal fee of $20.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario."

When ASL interpretation is required, please indicate the preference in the registration form. The incorporation of ASL interpreters will depend on availability.

OASW is committed to inclusion and promoting a diverse range of identities, experiences, perspectives, and voices across all areas of the Association. As such, the registration contains some optional questions that are intended to assist us to better understand our social work community and ensure that our work is reflective of the diverse membership of OASW and our profession.

Nov 21, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Marco Posadas
Marco is a PhD Candidate at Smith College School of Social Work. He currently operates a clinical practice in Psychotherapy, Psycho-analysis, Clinical Supervision and Consultation, and he is the past Chair of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Studies Committee of the International Psycho-analytic Association. Marco is also an adjunct faculty at Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts where he teaches theories of development, psycho-pathology and clinical practice with LGBTQ and racialized populations.​ Marco served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) where he was the recipient of the 2013 OASW Inspirational Leader Award for his work with underserved and marginalized populations.​