Supporting LGBTQ+ Older Adults: Strategies and Recommendations
June 29th, 2023 11:00am-12:30pm
online synchronous, via Zoom
Although largely invisible until very recently, LGBTQ older adults make up a growing share of both the overall LGBTQ population and the larger 65+ population. While confronted with the same challenges that face all people as they age, LGBTQ elders also face an array of unique barriers and inequalities that can stand in the way of a healthy and rewarding later life. This workshop will explore special considerations and realities of being older and part of the LGBTQ+ community. Practitioners will be encouraged to explore their role in supporting these older adults through key practice recommendations and strategies. Areas of practice such as assessment and confidentiality will be explored through case studies.
- Identify key considerations of inclusion and experiences of LGBTQ+ older adults.
- Discover methods of supporting LGBTQ+ older adults.
- Explain at least three recommendations for addressing clinical considerations in working with LGBTQ+ older adults.
Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She has held clinical positions as an outpatient and in-home therapist and clinical supervisor. Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work for 10 years at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and a Field Liaison and Field Instructor. She has also held administrative positions as a program Director and Coordinator. Diane is a frequent local and national trainer on a wide variety of mental health and workplace development topics with clinicians and corporations. Diane is most passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders. For fun, Diane loves to spoil her four Dachshunds and rock out to 80’s music.