Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Courses

SOWK 656: Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Populations

Credit Hours



Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Populations is designed to provide students with an in-depth and critical understanding of issues related to individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ), as well as their families and the communities in which they live.  A variety of perspectives (including historical, political, sociological, psychological, etc.) are examined throughout the course to assist students in understanding the complexity and dynamics of the person-in-environment perspective when working with LGBTQ individuals. The course builds on foundation content in the areas of human behavior in the social environment, practice, policy, and research, and further advances and integrates these content areas through the readings and class discussions. The course begins with establishing a basic understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, then covers topics including gay-affirming models of practice, the coming out process, parenting, human rights, developmental issues facing LGBTQ youth, homophobia, domestic violence, and social welfare policy and advocacy.