LGBTQ older adults are an under served community of people who bring unique challenges to agencies providing services for the elderly. These individuals are at an increased risk for social isolation, depression and anxiety and they often delay seeking care for themselves due to fear of discrimination and mistreatment by health care providers. Having come of age in an era where being LGBTQ was considered a mental illness, criminal and sinful, these individuals often feel fear and vulnerability as they ponder senior care options. Many LGBTQ older adults chose to hide their true identities in an effort to feel safe in an environment that could harbor discrimination and violence.
This full day cultural competency training will focus on understanding the unique barriers to care faced by LGBTQ older adults, how to create an environment at senior service agencies that is inclusive and welcoming of diversity, and how to ensure that LGBTQ older adults at your agency are able to acknowledge their life experiences and age with dignity and respect.
Understanding the Challenges: LGBTQ Cultural Competence Training for Providers of Services to Older Adults is an interactive course, which includes activities, small group discussion and opportunities for practicing skills. Topics covered include:
· Understanding LGBTQ older adults, a lifetime of oppression
· Barriers to care for LGBTQ older adults
· LGBTQ vocabulary and inclusive language
· Breaking down the components of sexual identity
· The coming out process
· Building inclusive interview skills
· Unique older adult populations
· Best practices for agencies
Participants will receive an Understanding the Challenges: LGBTQ Cultural Competence Training for Providers of Services to Older Adults manual, a certificate of course completion and an official Gay Alliance SafeZone sticker for their office or workplace.
PLEASE KNOW that this program can travel, if you would like to bring it to your workplace or community, give us a call and ask about hosting this class in your own town.
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