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1 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Different Kinds of Love Matthew Gough Nottingham Trent University Faith and sexual orientation in social work education

2 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Context Mental Health Workshop: disclosure of self? Integrity Authentic Risks: unprofessional, lose control Sexual orientation/ faith/ politics

3 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Context part II Media polarising faith v LGB sexual orientation Hall/Preddy v Bull/Bull, 2011 R v Derby City Council, 2011 Climate anti religion? Role of hetero-sexism? Commonality in discrimination?

4 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Literature context LGBT sexual orientation awareness and need to challenge hetero-sexism needs developing in social work education (Fish, 2008; Jeyasingham, 2008; Trotter et al, 2006) Social work students and practitioners need competence in religion/ faith (Gilligan and Furness, 2006; Furman et al, 2004 Tension between areas apparent in sociological literature (Yip, 2007; Wilcox, 2003) Juxta position in social work education? Social work highly values and ethics literature (Parrott, 2006; Dominelli, 2008; Banks, 2006)

5 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Research questions? How does learners faith & sexual orientation impact on their ability to integrate commitment to diversity & anti discriminatory practice? How inclusive/ affirming is sw education? Is our curriculum competent & sophisticated?

6 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Method Mixed qualitative and quantitative questionnaire 200 BA SW students (Years 1-3/4) 35 responses L 1 (29%) (had new teaching on faith) L 2 (37%) (negligible teaching faith/LGB) L 3 (29%) (teaching on LGB/ negligible faith)

7 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Faith/ Religion/ Spirituality The following is most accurate… Christian Faith (40%) No faith (40%) Muslim faith (6%) Spirituality/faith not match the above (14%)

8 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Sexual orientation LGB 17% (6) Straight 83% (29)

9 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 How open are you about your faith/ sexuality on the SW programme? No problem Faith = 23 (66%) Sexuality = 26 (77%) Guarded (a little to would not be open) Faith = 9 (26%) Sexuality = 7 (21%)

10 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Comments Being a Muslim, I am wary of what people may think of myself due to terrorist attacks in the US & UK I am passionate about my lack of faith I have quite strict Christian values – also Ive been struggling with some of my religious values while I have been on the degree –Im quite happy about this though

11 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Further comments I would mention it if I felt it was relevant but I do not feel my sexuality has anything to do with my work or practice. From previous experiences, I would rather not inform people to be then put in a box. I would rather be known for my work and not my sexuality.

12 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Importance of faith/ sexuality in social work education 90% rated both as very or vitally important Over 60% rated both as requiring more time (otherwise about right) integral to service users..sexuality is private but deserves more attention as uncomfortable…

13 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Concerns/ suggestions about learning tutors compound sexuality stereotypes..they need training lecturers unable to challenge negative sterotypes..equating paedophilia with gay men…I challenged with little support

14 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Concluding findings Those who disclosed LGB or faith identity more likely to be guarded Clear strong consensus for more teaching of both subjects No apparent hostility/ devaluing of either sexuality or faith as subjects

15 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 Next steps PhD study: sw eduation and faith/ sexual orientation Extend questionnaire Case studies: student/ academic experience Interested in participation/ more information? matthew.gough@ntu.ac.uk

16 Different Kinds of Love: Matthew Gough. Beyond Belief Conference, Bradford University, September 2011 References Banks, S (2006) Ethics and values in social work (third ed), Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Dominelli, L. 2008. Anti-Racist Social Work. London: Palgrave. Fish, J (2008) Far from mundane: theorising heterosexism for social work education, Social Work Education, 27(2), March 2008, pp.182-193 Furman L, Benson P, Grimwood C and Canda E (2004) Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Education and Direct Practice at the Millennium: A Survey of UK Social Workers, British Journal of Social Work Vol 34, pp. 767-792 Gilligan, P and Furness S (2006) The Role of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice: Views and Experiences of Social Workers and Students, British Journal of Social Work, Vol 36, pp. 617-637 Jeyasingham DJeyasingham D (2008) Knowledge/ignorance and the construction of sexuality in social work education, Social Work Education, 27(2), pp.138-151.Mulé N (2006): Equity vs. Invisibility: Sexual Orientation Issues in SocialWork Ethics and Curricula Standards, Social Work Education, 25:6, 608-622 Parrott L (2006) Values and ethics in social work practice. Exeter: Learning MattersValues and ethics in social work practice Trotter J, Brogatzki, L, Duggan L, Foster E and Levie J (2006) Revealing disagreement and discomfort through auto-ethnography and personal narrative: sexuality in social work education and practice, Qualitative Social Work, 5(3), pp.369-388Revealing disagreement and discomfort through auto-ethnography and personal narrative: sexuality in social work education and practice, Wilcox, M (2003) Coming Out in Christianity: Religion, Identity, and Community. Bloomington Indiana: Indiana University Press Yip, A (2007). Sexual orientation discrimination in religious communities. In: Badgett, L., & Frank, J, (eds). Sexual Orientation Discrimination: An International Perspective. London: Routledge


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