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LGBTQ+ in Social Work Education and Practice

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Evidence shows that issues with professional conduct and discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) people in social care, continue to exist in the UK. This indicates the need to ensure that social care professional education must include an exploration of LGBTQ+ issues, in order to enable professionals to provide culturally competent and compassionate care which is free from prejudice to this population. 


This webinar will allow participants to explore the stigma towards and issues that affect LGBTQ+ individuals. Shifting cultural beliefs is a slow process that requires imaginative and creative methods to encourage people to learn more about LGBTQ+ topics



By the end of the course, delegates will:

  • Gain an understanding and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in social work practice and education;
  • Be able to articulate the need for culturally competent and compassionate care for LGBTQ+ service users;
  • Be able to identify best practices to support LGBTQ+ service users.



Alfonso Pezzella is a Lecturer and Programme Leader in mental health and has been working at Middlesex University since 2012. Alfonso has been championing equality, diversity and inclusion rights for the past 10 years in his teaching and through his research. He has a keen interest in supporting minority groups, particularly on gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, Black & Global Majority and cultural issues. Alfonso has led and collaborated on various research projects to support the needs of Black & Global Majority students in higher education as well as supporting the needs of LGBTQ+ students in higher education and the LGBT+ population within mental health practice.

Alfonso is the chair of the Sexuality and Social Work Group, which is an international group bringing together academics from across the world to champion gender, sexuality and sexual diversity issues on a global level.

Alfonso is currently leading a large EU project on developing an LGBTQ+ inclusive education in health and social care.



*This session is open to social workers and staff working in social care across the Teaching Partnership (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington Councils and Norwood).*