Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

The Jason T. McVicker Annual Panel on Practice with the LGBTQ Community


Thursday, September 21, 2017


Registration and Sign In Begin at 10:45am

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Room 106

2.5 CEU's/CPDU's


Moderator: Dr. Michael Dentato, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work


This panel presentation will examine the important aspects of affirming practice with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Four seasoned clinicians who work with the LGBTQ community will share their decades of experience in agency based and private practice as well as engage participants in a dialogue about the opportunities and challenges related to practice with this widely diverse community. Discussion will center upon various approaches, theories and modalities for effective treatment within unique settings, as well as examining related health and mental health challenges.

The panelists will include: Edward Fajardo, PhD, Bill Farrand, LCPC, Laura Grimes, LCSW, and Laura Hosto, LCPC. Dr. Michael Dentato, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work will moderate the panel and social work students from his course SOWK 656: Practice with the LGBTQ Community will lead the question and answer session. Participants will be invited to ask questions as well.


Objectives for this 2.5 hour presentation include the following:

  • Discuss the role and impact of affirming practice with the LBGTQ community;
  • Examine the role of clinical practice across various settings (e.g., agency, hospital, clinics) using affirming theories and models;
  • Assess the critical role of managing boundaries, self-disclosure, transference, counter-transference, etc. 
  • Discuss the importance of effective referral to treatment and care based on health and mental health care needs.


This is the first annual Jason R. McVicker Panel on Practice with the LGBTQ Community. While this panel has been an integral component of the SOWK 656 course, we thought it best to invite the community to join with students and the panelists in this important dialogue. Jason R. McVicker, a licensed clinical social worker, was an important and contributing member of this panel for the past seven years, when he suddenly passed away last fall. Jason was also an adjunct instructor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, as well as the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. In addition to his teaching background and his thriving private practice, Jason was a dedicated advocate for LGBTQ equality, an opera aficionado, world traveler, and beloved member of the Chicago community-at-large. Along with his many clients, we will truly miss his wisdom and insight into practice with the LGBTQ community, and we are grateful for all Jason taught us over the years.



General Admission: $25