Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems-Curriculum

New NCCWE Curriculum— Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems  (July 2014)

The National Center for Child Welfare Excellence (NCCWE) is pleased to announce the release of their new curriculum, Reaching Higher: Increasing Competency in Practice with LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Systems, which focuses on improving service delivery to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth and their families.  This full day curriculum aims to increase the competence and enhance the skill of child welfare staff working with LGBTQ youth in all types of out-of-home situations.  The curriculum consists of eight modules that provide information on the importance of improving child welfare practice with LGBTQ youth, including the impact and scope of LGBTQ youth in the foster care system; help participants to assess their own values and beliefs to identify strategies for balancing personal views with professional responsibilities; and increase competency in using accurate and culturally appropriate terminology.  The modules also guide child welfare workers in assessing, supporting, and affirming young people in the process of “coming out”; provide effective engagement strategies for working with LGBTQ foster youth and families; describe strategies for advocating for LGBTQ youth in their homes, schools, foster care settings, and communities; and help participants identify ways that they can increase their knowledge about and competence in working with LGBTQ youth and families. (2014)

Facilitator’s Guide:  http://www.nccwe.org/downloads/LGBTQ-CaseworkerFacilitatorGuide.pdf