LGBT Cultural Competency

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Hours: 5   Approvals: ARF, RCFE, STRTP, GH

Following each lesson, there is a quiz.  You must achieve a score of 70% to move on to the next lesson. The use of quizzes satisfies the CCL regulation that online courses be interactive.

LGBT Competency Training Is Required
If you did not receive LGBT Cultural Competency training as part of your Initial Certification Training, you must complete at least one hour of LGBT Cultural Competency training to renew your ARF, RCFE, GH or STRTP administrator certificate.

LGBT Competency Training
This five-hour course looks at how discrimination and bias in our culture affects LGBT individuals across the life span. The course begins with the history of the gay rights movement in the 1960s and how key figures such as Harvey Milk energized the movement.

A close look at both homophobia and hate crimes reveals the virulent nature of cultural taboos against homosexuality. The course covers how psychiatry viewed homosexuality as a mental disorder and endorsed conversion therapy. Over time, cultural attitudes toward LGBT individuals have shifted away from prejudice to more tolerance. In 2015 the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage. Despite these gains, LGBT individuals continue to suffer from economic inequity, housing discrimination, and barriers to accessing health care.

Elder and Youth LGBT
The effects of a lifetime of stigma and discrimination can put many LGBT older adults at a greater risk for physical and mental distress, social isolation, depression and anxiety, poverty, chronic illness, delayed care-seeking, poor nutrition, and premature mortality. The course takes a close look at how LGBT seniors who struggled to come out of the closet as youth must now in their senior years face scorn and discrimination in assisted living environments. The course also examines how bullying of LGBT youth leads to depression, isolation, and higher rates of attempted suicide in LGBT youth. Lastly, the course reveals how family rejection and stigma are responsible for high rates of homelessness, drug abuse, and prostitution among LGBT youth.