Free LGBTQ cultural competency webinar for WV social workers

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Calling all social workers in West Virginia! Fairness West Virginia is offering a free online webinar on April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. to allow social workers to learn the best practices for serving LGBTQ patients. All people deserve competent and compassionate care, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Attendees will be able to earn free continuing education hours upon completion. Space for this webinar is limited to 100 participants, and only social workers who actively work in West Virginia will be permitted to sign-up.

Successful completion of this training will offer two (2) Category One continuing education hours for WV licensed social workers authorized by the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, WV Board of Social Work provider #490013

This skill-building webinar aims to provide medical and mental health students with the tools necessary to provide competent and compassionate care to LGBTQ patients. This webinar will provide foundational training on core concepts relating to LGBTQ people, including sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression. The webinar will provide attendees with tools to address a sexual orientation or gender identity they may not be familiar with. There will also be a general overview on the realities of being LGBTQ in West Virginia within the health care system. Finally, the webinar will provide attendees with a set of best practices when working with LGBTQ people.
LGBTQ people makeup about 3 percent of our state’s population, and are encountered in every facet of life. Furthermore, West Virginia has the highest percentage of transgender youth compared to any other state, meaning that competency with LGBTQ populations is a critical skill for medical and mental health professionals. This also aligns with the codes of ethics for the AMA, APA, NASW, and AAP.