The certificate in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care provides an integration of clinical mental health and social policy practices for social workers when working with Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM). Students receive specialized training on skills for providing affirming care to individuals, families and groups from the LGBTQ+ community. Political, psychological and social issues competencies for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, ally and plus clients will be addressed. The impact of intimate partner violence, substance use disorders and specialized clinical affirmative psychotherapy also are addressed.
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers university certificates which provide students advanced practice or research training through a social justice and intercultural competence lens that emphasizes community, organizational and environmental justice. Certificates are designed to complement and deepen training provided through our degree programs by focusing on experiential application of concepts in relation to particular and diverse client populations, settings, and systems. Each certificate consists of at least 12 units, which may in part be satisfied by courses completed for a degree program. Certificates are also available to graduate students from other disciplines and to employed professionals.