Presentation on theme: "DISENFRANCHISED GRIEF: STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING SAME-SEX GRIEF ISSUES Presenters: Mary E. Garrison, LCSW, ACSW Associate Professor of Social Work - Millikin."— Presentation transcript:
DISENFRANCHISED GRIEF: STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING SAME-SEX GRIEF ISSUES Presenters: Mary E. Garrison, LCSW, ACSW Associate Professor of Social Work - Millikin University NASW Illinois Board Member – East Central District Chair Nancy J. Curtin, Ph.D Associate Professor of Communication - Millikin University Department of Communication Chair Tweet us at #NASWIL
Session Preview: Historical Perspective Case Study Concepts & Case Connections Strategies & Techniques
Historical Perspective: Focus on Gays Emerging Focus on Lesbians Our Focus Today: Gays and Lesbians
Same-Sex Grieving Partners: Unique Factors Attitudes about Same-Sex Couples Discrimination Heteronormativity Role of Person & Relationship Disclosure Internal Definition of relationship External Degree of “Outness”
Same-Sex Grieving Partners: Unique Factors Cause/Reason for Death Stigma Resource Availability Lack of effective/appropriate resources Support groups Counseling Professional Services Result = Disenfranchised Grief
Cultural Competence: Social work perspective Assumptions Use of language Labeling/defining relationship Reference to deceased Centrality of relationship
Cultural Competence: Communication Perspective Defining/Labeling the Relationship Disclosing the Relationship (degree of “outness”) Identifying the Context of the Disclosure Managing the Disclosure
Intervention Strategies: Same-sex grieving partners Language Use Mirror client’s language with the relational label & feelings. Acknowledgement/Communication of DG Provide context for client Validate
Validation of Loss Avoid minimization of relationship and feelings Recognition and Identification of Communication Consider internal messages Question external messages Intervention Strategies: Same-sex grieving partners
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