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Needs and Supportive Strategies
for Professionals Working with
Military Families
Lori Hensic, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP
Direct...
Discussion
Ø  LGBT Cultural Sensitivity 101
Ø  LGBT Military Community – Historical Timeline
Ø  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”...
What IS Cultural
Sensitivity?
Ø  Does not have an endpoint; rather, it is a philosophy that emphasizes a
commitment to li...
Cultural Sensitivity
Ø  Important terms
q  Sexual Orientation
q  Gender/Gender Identity
q  LGBT
§  Lesbian
§  Gay
§...
Sexual Orientation
Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
Ø  Gender refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a
given culture associates with a person’s biological sex...
Gender identity is an inner psychological sense of oneself as a
man or woman, both, neither or something else.
Everyone ha...
TRANSGENDER
FTM MTF
•  Cross-dresser
•  Transsexual
•  Gender Non-conforming
•  Intersex
Transgender Man Transgender Woman...
Transgender Man Transgender Woman
A person’s gender identity does not tell us ANYTHING about
their sexual orientation
TRAN...
Cultural Sensitivity
Ø  What to Avoid
q  “Sexual Preference”
q  “Lifestyle”
q  Outing an individual
q  Default assump...
Challenging Assumptions
Ø  Service providers assume they can identify any LGBT service
members, veterans and/or their fam...
Best Practices
Creating a culture of respect for diversity begins with
client intake and staff hiring
Ø  Emphasize your p...
LGBT Military
Community
Feb
1994
1982
Homosexuality
is incompatible
with military
service
1981
Discharge
mandatory for
any service
member who
enga...
Activity
Recall a time from your training
when you felt especially included in
the learning process.
What made you feel in...
Activity
Recall a time from your training
when you felt especially excluded in
the learning process.
What made you feel ex...
http://outservemag.com/2012/11/serving-in-silence-before-dadt/
http://www.npr.org/2012/06/22/155504392/serving-in-silence-...
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
(DADT)
Ø  Service members who disclosed that they are homosexual or
engage in homosexual conduct ...
DADT
Ø  Superiors should not
initiate investigation of
a service member's
orientation without
witnessing disallowed
behav...
http://www.sldn.org/
Serving Under DADT
Ø  Service Members
q  http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/23/
gay.military.communication/index.html
q  http://atwar.blo...
Serving After DADT
Ø  Blue Star Family survey
Ø  The Palm Center study
Ø  Other NATO countries’
integration of LGBT
individuals into the a...
Serving After DADT
http://jtpconsulting.com/com.milpfc.org/milpfc-content/uploads/2012/02/
MPFC-Study-Report-2011-2012.pdf
Serving After DADT
http://jtpconsulting.com/com.milpfc.org/milpfc-content/uploads/2012/02/
MPFC-Study-Report-2011-2012.pdf
Serving After DADT
http://jtpconsulting.com/com.milpfc.org/milpfc-content/uploads/2012/02/
MPFC-Study-Report-2011-2012.pdf
Serving After DADT
Healthcare systems have been traditionally
unresponsive to, if not discriminatory towards, the
existenc...
Poll
Select the quote that has the greatest impact on your empathy to the LGBT
military community.
1)  “The diagnosis of h...
Ø  What it did NOT address
q  Transgender service
q  Inclusion of “sexual
orientation” within non-
discrimination polic...
DOMA
Ø  Signed into law by President Clinton, September 1996
Ø  Section 1. Short title
q  This Act may be cited as the ...
Serving Under DOMA
Ø  Benefits Unavailable Because of DOMA
q  Basic Allowance for Housing
q  Health Insurance/TRICARE
q...
Serving Under DOMA
Ø  Benefits Unavailable Because of DoD Regulations
q  Joint Duty Assignments
q  Free Legal Services
...
Serving Under DOMA
Ø  Service Members
q  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ-iWSrxi_c
Ø  Spouses/Partners
q  http://mil...
Serving Under DOMA
http://www.scribd.com/doc/141215832/Comprehensive-Report2013
Serving Under DOMA
Ø  Extension of DoD Regulated Benefits to Same-Gender
Domestic Partners of Military Members
q  Secret...
Serving After DOMA
Ø  What it did NOT address
q  Transgender service
q  State recognition of same-
sex marriage
q  Equal access to vetera...
Challenges
still remain:
Ø  Transgender Service
Ø  Marriage Inequality & Military
Families in Non-Marriage
Equality Stat...
Remaining Challenges
Ø  Respecting Transgender Troops & Their Families
q  DoD medical regulations continue to prevent
tr...
Remaining Challenges
Ø  Transitioning from Active Duty – Accessing Veterans
Benefits
q  Title 38 Section 103(c) requires...
Remaining Challenges
Ø  Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) and OCONUS
Command Sponsorship
Ø  Many locations do not have ...
Remaining Challenges
Ø  LGBT Cultural Sensitivity Training and Awareness
q  Within the U.S. Military & Services Provided...
S
The nation’s premier
resource and support
network
for the partners, spouses, and families of
America’s LGBT service mem...
Our Organization
& Team
Ø  An independent non-
partisan, non-profit
501(c)3 organization
founded by the partners
of activ...
More About AMPA…
Ø  Based in Washington, DC, with local military family networks
across the country and around the world
...
Our Mission:
“Connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving
the partners and spouses of America’s LGBT
service members and...
Challenges clearly remain, but a lot has
changed for our modern military families!
Referral Organizations Supporting
LGBT Military Families
S  The American Military Partner Association (AMPA)
(http://mili...
Referral Organizations Supporting
LGBT Military Families (cont.)
S  American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) (http://ave...
Referral Organizations Supporting
LGBT Military Families (cont.)
S  GLBT National Help Center (
http://www.glbtnationalhe...
Referral Organizations Supporting
LGBT Military Families (cont.)
S  Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P...
Contact Info:
Lori Hensic
lori@militarypartners.org
(202) 695-AMPA (2672)
www.MilitaryPartners.org
Resources for LGBT Families
•  Here is a link to a PDF file with Resources:
»  For clinicians working with LGBT military &...
•  Webinar participants who want to get 2.0 NASW CE Credits (or just
want proof of participation in this training) need to...
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July 17, 2014: Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military Families

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This 2 hour webinar explores the unique needs of LGBT military families and supportive strategies service professionals can implement in their work with these families. Archived recording of this webinar and information about FREE NASW CEU's can be found here: https://learn.extension.org/events/1571#.U78dX1amezA

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July 17, 2014: Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military Families

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  6. 6. Today’s Presenter: Dr. Lori Hensic, Director of Educational Affairs for the American Military Partner Association (AMPA, earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) with an emphasis in Health Policy & Management from UC San Francisco. Shortly after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT), Lori relocated to be with her partner, who is stationed in San Diego and currently an active duty U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot and squadron department head. Dr. Hensic found the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) after her move when struggling to figure out how to “survive military life,” and since then has been determined to give back to the organization that helped her so wholeheartedly. Lori is dedicated to critical educational efforts aimed at strengthening LGBT military families’ representation and engagement in policy changes. Her educational outreach help inform LGBT military families, elected officials, and the general public about disparities in our families’ access to services and benefits – as well as how to assist with means to change them. INSERT  PHOTO  
  7. 7. Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with Military Families Lori Hensic, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP Director of Research & Policy The American Military Partner Association www.MilitaryPartners.org
  8. 8. Discussion Ø  LGBT Cultural Sensitivity 101 Ø  LGBT Military Community – Historical Timeline Ø  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) Ø  Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Ø  Remaining Challenges for LGBT Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Ø  The American Military Partner Association
  9. 9. What IS Cultural Sensitivity? Ø  Does not have an endpoint; rather, it is a philosophy that emphasizes a commitment to lifelong learning, self-evaluation and self-critique Ø  Rather than focusing on outcomes such as “mastering” another culture, cultural sensitivity emphasizes the ongoing process of listening to and communicating with people from different backgrounds as a way to provide better quality of care Ø  Key components are active listening, open communication and openness to difference Ø  Cultural sensitivity aims to be other-oriented or open to the other person and their cultural identity and allowing each person to define themselves Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  10. 10. Cultural Sensitivity Ø  Important terms q  Sexual Orientation q  Gender/Gender Identity q  LGBT §  Lesbian §  Gay §  Bisexual §  Transgender q  Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Questioning… https://lgbt.ucsd.edu/education/terminology.html Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  11. 11. Sexual Orientation Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  12. 12. Ø  Gender refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex Ø  A socially constructed system of classification that assigns qualities of masculinity and femininity to people Ø  Gender characteristics and expectations can change over time and are different between cultures A person’s gender is something we often assume based on how they behave, appear, talk, walk, dress, etc. We need to be careful about making assumptions! Gender Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  13. 13. Gender identity is an inner psychological sense of oneself as a man or woman, both, neither or something else. Everyone has a gender identity and it can change! Gender Identity Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  14. 14. TRANSGENDER FTM MTF •  Cross-dresser •  Transsexual •  Gender Non-conforming •  Intersex Transgender Man Transgender Woman Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  15. 15. Transgender Man Transgender Woman A person’s gender identity does not tell us ANYTHING about their sexual orientation TRANSGENDERTRANSGENDER Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  16. 16. Cultural Sensitivity Ø  What to Avoid q  “Sexual Preference” q  “Lifestyle” q  Outing an individual q  Default assumption of heterosexuality §  Even when you know the client is married, has children or grandchildren q  Husband/Wife (unless known) q  Asking transgender individuals about their genital status Ø  What is “OK” q  “Sexual Orientation” q  Keeping the individual’s sexual orientation confidential unless explicitly told otherwise §  Includes caution in language used in public places q  “Spouse” (if unknown) q  Asking transgender individuals about their preferred pronoun
  17. 17. Challenging Assumptions Ø  Service providers assume they can identify any LGBT service members, veterans and/or their families who are accessing their services Ø  By not asking about sexual orientation or gender identity, service providers believe they are ensuring that their organization does not discriminate against LGBT people Ø  In terms of services provided, it does not matter if a service member, veteran and/or their family member is LGBT Ø  Don’t assume that homophobia and transphobia affect only LGBT clients Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  18. 18. Best Practices Creating a culture of respect for diversity begins with client intake and staff hiring Ø  Emphasize your policy on confidentiality Ø  Include sexual orientation and gender identity in your non-discrimination statement, and print it on intake forms and other materials Ø  Use language that does not implicitly assume the client’s sexual orientation or gender identity Ø  Update intake forms: Ø  Ask if individuals identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Ø  For sex or gender, add a third category for Transgender Ø  Include “partner” rather that just spouse Ø  Use LGBT-friendly statements and images in brochures and outreach materials Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  19. 19. LGBT Military Community
  20. 20. Feb 1994 1982 Homosexuality is incompatible with military service 1981 Discharge mandatory for any service member who engaged in, has attempted to engage in, or has solicited another to engage in a homosexual act Sept 2011 DADT OVER Feb 2013 Intent to extend select benefits to “same-sex domestic partners of military service members” Mar 2013 DOMA cases heard by SCOTUS DADT instituted July 2013 DOMA OVER Oct 2013 Permissive leave to legally marry Historical Timeline Sep 2013 FEDERAL BENEFITS ACTIVE June 2014 1st DoD Sanctioned Pride Month Sept 1996 DOMA enacted
  21. 21. Activity Recall a time from your training when you felt especially included in the learning process. What made you feel included? Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  22. 22. Activity Recall a time from your training when you felt especially excluded in the learning process. What made you feel excluded? Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  23. 23. http://outservemag.com/2012/11/serving-in-silence-before-dadt/ http://www.npr.org/2012/06/22/155504392/serving-in-silence-before-dont-ask-dont-tell Serving Before DADT
  24. 24. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) Ø  Service members who disclosed that they are homosexual or engage in homosexual conduct should be separated (discharged) q  Except when such conduct was "for the purpose of avoiding or terminating military service" or when it "would not be in the best interest of the armed forces.” Ø  Prohibited any homosexual or bisexual person serving in the U.S. Military from: q  Disclosing his/her sexual orientation q  Speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes
  25. 25. DADT Ø  Superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member's orientation without witnessing disallowed behaviors, though credible evidence of homosexual behavior could be used to initiate an investigation. 
  26. 26. http://www.sldn.org/ Serving Under DADT
  27. 27. Ø  Service Members q  http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/23/ gay.military.communication/index.html q  http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/20/gay-service-members- discuss-dont-ask-dont-tell/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 Ø  Spouses/Partners q  http://militarypartners.org/with-bated-breath/ q  http://militarypartners.org/worlds-apart/ Ø  Children q  http://japan.stripes.com/education/my-moms-and-me Serving Under DADT
  28. 28. Serving After DADT
  29. 29. Ø  Blue Star Family survey Ø  The Palm Center study Ø  Other NATO countries’ integration of LGBT individuals into the armed services q  Israel, Canada, etc. Serving After DADT http://www.scribd.com/doc/141215832/Comprehensive-Report2013
  30. 30. Serving After DADT http://jtpconsulting.com/com.milpfc.org/milpfc-content/uploads/2012/02/ MPFC-Study-Report-2011-2012.pdf
  31. 31. Serving After DADT http://jtpconsulting.com/com.milpfc.org/milpfc-content/uploads/2012/02/ MPFC-Study-Report-2011-2012.pdf
  32. 32. Serving After DADT http://jtpconsulting.com/com.milpfc.org/milpfc-content/uploads/2012/02/ MPFC-Study-Report-2011-2012.pdf
  33. 33. Serving After DADT Healthcare systems have been traditionally unresponsive to, if not discriminatory towards, the existence of LGBT populations Services are often unconsciously aimed at the heterosexual population Ø  In study by the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, 67% of doctors and medical students report LGBT patients receiving substandard care or denied care Ø  About 25% of transgender people report being denied equal health care (or being refused treatment outright) Ø  Latino Transgender people reporting the highest rate of unequal treatment Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  34. 34. Poll Select the quote that has the greatest impact on your empathy to the LGBT military community. 1)  “The diagnosis of homosexuality as a ‘disorder’ is a contributing factor to the pathology of those homosexuals who do become mentally ill. …Nothing is more likely to make you sick than being constantly told that you are sick.” —Ronald Gold 2)  “The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh 3)  “There’s this illusion that homosexuals have sex and heterosexuals fall in love. That’s completely untrue. Everybody wants to be loved.” —Boy George 4)  “There’s no place like home.” —Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz 5)  “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” —Anaïs Nin 6)  “There is just one life for each of us: our own.” —Euripides 7)  “There’s a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.” —Pearl Bailey 8)  “Straight Americans need...an education of the heart and soul. They must understand—to begin with—how it can feel to spend years denying your own deepest truths, to sit silently through classes, meals, and church services while people you love toss off remarks that brutalize your soul.” —Bruce Bawer, The Advocate Adapted from Openhouse LGBT Curriculum, http://openhouse-sf.org/
  35. 35. Ø  What it did NOT address q  Transgender service q  Inclusion of “sexual orientation” within non- discrimination policy and/or Equal Opportunity Program q  Recognition of same-gender marriage q  Equal access to pay (“with- dependents”) q  Equal access to benefits DADT Repeal Ø  What it DID address q  Open service for LGB service members
  36. 36. DOMA Ø  Signed into law by President Clinton, September 1996 Ø  Section 1. Short title q  This Act may be cited as the "Defense of Marriage Act". Ø  Section 2. Powers reserved to the state q  “No State…shall be required to give effect to any…judicial proceeding of any other State…respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State…” Ø  Section 3. Definition of marriage (ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS) q  “…the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”
  37. 37. Serving Under DOMA Ø  Benefits Unavailable Because of DOMA q  Basic Allowance for Housing q  Health Insurance/TRICARE q  Morale, Welfare & Recreation Programs q  Relocation & Transportation q  Employment & Education for Spouses q  Family Separation Allowance q  Family Advocacy & Spouse Abuse
  38. 38. Serving Under DOMA Ø  Benefits Unavailable Because of DoD Regulations q  Joint Duty Assignments q  Free Legal Services q  Military Family Housing q  Shopping at Commissary & Exchange q  Family Programs q  Spousal Privilege in Courts Martial q  Relocation & Overseas “Command-Sponsored” Status
  39. 39. Serving Under DOMA Ø  Service Members q  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ-iWSrxi_c Ø  Spouses/Partners q  http://militarypartners.org/i-too-am-america/ q  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZx4EwrzmU4 q  http://storycorps.org/listen/tracy-and-sandra-johnson/ Ø  Children q  http://japan.stripes.com/education/my-moms-and-me
  40. 40. Serving Under DOMA http://www.scribd.com/doc/141215832/Comprehensive-Report2013
  41. 41. Serving Under DOMA Ø  Extension of DoD Regulated Benefits to Same-Gender Domestic Partners of Military Members q  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Feb 2013 memo q  Implementation required by Oct 1, 2013 q  All DoD benefits, except: §  Military Family Housing (on-base housing) §  Overseas “Command-Sponsored” Status
  42. 42. Serving After DOMA
  43. 43. Ø  What it did NOT address q  Transgender service q  State recognition of same- sex marriage q  Equal access to veterans’ benefits (Title 38) q  Inclusion of “sexual orientation” within non- discrimination policy and/or Equal Opportunity Program q  Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) agreements for all OCONUS locations Demise of DOMA Ø  What it DID address q  Federal recognition of same-gender marriage q  Equal access to spousal benefits q  Equal access to service member pay (“with- dependents” rate) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/26/a-year- after-supreme-court-ruling-a-rundown-of-whats-changed-for-same-sex-couples/
  44. 44. Challenges still remain: Ø  Transgender Service Ø  Marriage Inequality & Military Families in Non-Marriage Equality States Ø  VA - Title 38 Section 103(c) Ø  Non-Discrimination Policy Ø  Status of Forces Agreements Ø  Military Chaplains Ø  LGBT Cultural Sensitivity
  45. 45. Remaining Challenges Ø  Respecting Transgender Troops & Their Families q  DoD medical regulations continue to prevent transgender Americans from openly serving q  Approximately 15,000 active duty transgender service members serve in silence Ø  Marriage Equality & Military Families Stationed in Non-Marriage Equality States q  Military Children & Parental Rights q  In-state Tuition/Education Costs q  Military Spouse Residency Relief Act q  Military Spouse Unemployment Compensation q  Military Spouse Licensure Portability
  46. 46. Remaining Challenges Ø  Transitioning from Active Duty – Accessing Veterans Benefits q  Title 38 Section 103(c) requires the VA to look to the state of residence when determining whether or not to recognize a marriage, cutting off thousands of veterans and their spouses living in non-marriage equality states from their earned benefits Ø  Inclusion of “Sexual Orientation” within DoD Non- Discrimination Policy q  Available for civilian DoD employees, but no protection for uniformed service members q  Acceptance and willingness to serve openly q  Reporting & reliable action on reports of discrimination
  47. 47. Remaining Challenges Ø  Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) and OCONUS Command Sponsorship Ø  Many locations do not have agreements to ensure the host nation will recognize same-gender military spouses as dependents Ø  Separation of spouse and family members from the service member Ø  Military Chaplain & Counseling Support Ø  Many chaplains are prohibited from ministering to same-gender military couples Ø  Limits resources for support and guidance, especially for those located in places with already limited services
  48. 48. Remaining Challenges Ø  LGBT Cultural Sensitivity Training and Awareness q  Within the U.S. Military & Services Provided to Military Families §  Command Sensitivity §  Benefits/Programs §  Healthcare
  49. 49. S The nation’s premier resource and support network for the partners, spouses, and families of America’s LGBT service members and veterans
  50. 50. Our Organization & Team Ø  An independent non- partisan, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by the partners of active duty service members Ø  100% volunteer-lead such that 100% of ALL financial contributions goes directly to supporting our nation’s LGBT military families Stephen Peters President Ashley Broadway Director of Family Readiness Jim Cassidy Director of Organizational Development Lori Hensic Director of Research & Policy Chris Rowzee State & National Guard Affairs Coordinator Bianca Strzalkowski Organizational Advocate Caitlin Granade Communications Assistant Lance Buchanan Communications Assistant Verita Richardson Events Coordinator Gene Silvestri Veteran Affairs Coordinator
  51. 51. More About AMPA… Ø  Based in Washington, DC, with local military family networks across the country and around the world Ø  Originally began in 2009 as the Campaign for Military Partners sponsored by Servicemembers United Ø  Over 25,000 members and supporters – the nation’s largest resource and support network for LGBT military partners, spouses, their families, and allies
  52. 52. Our Mission: “Connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America’s LGBT service members and veterans.”
  53. 53. Challenges clearly remain, but a lot has changed for our modern military families!
  54. 54. Referral Organizations Supporting LGBT Military Families S  The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) (http://militarypartners.org/) S  Connecting members with other LGBT service members, spouses/partners, and their families S  Support networks on a national and local levels (chapter-based) S  Educational Webinars, Connection with Resources, etc. S  Advocacy for LGBT service members, spouses/partners, and their families S  OutServe-SLDN (http://www.sldn.org/) S  Legal Services (Issues Stemming from Discrimination) S  Discharge Upgrades S  "Guide to LGBT Military Service"
  55. 55. Referral Organizations Supporting LGBT Military Families (cont.) S  American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) (http://aver.us/) S  Advocacy for full and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces S  Support networks on national and local levels (chapter-based) S  Military OneSource (http://www.militaryonesource.mil/) S  Toll Free National Hotline - Confidential Help & Counseling S  Military Life Topics S  Blogs, Podcasts, and Webinars S  Military & Family Life Counselor Program S  Confidential Help & Counseling S  https://www.mhngs.com/app/programsandservices/mflc_program.content S  http://www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Factsheets/Factsheet_MFLC.pdf S  http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/649006p.pdf
  56. 56. Referral Organizations Supporting LGBT Military Families (cont.) S  GLBT National Help Center ( http://www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org/) S  Free, confidential support for LGBT people and those with questions about sexual orientation and/or gender identity S  Resources, Online Peer-Support Chats S  Toll-Free National Hotline (Youth & Adult) S  *Look also for local LGBT centers in your county/city* S  National Center for Transgender Equality ( http://transequality.org/) S  Social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment
  57. 57. Referral Organizations Supporting LGBT Military Families (cont.) S  Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) (www.pflag.org) S  Promotes health & well-being of LGBT persons, their families & friends thru support, education, and advocacy S  Support networks on national and local levels (chapter-based) S  COLAGE (http://www.colage.org/) S  Unites people with LGBT parents into a network of peers S  Online Communities S  Support networks on national and local levels (chapter-based) S  Family Equality Council (http://www.familyequality.org/) S  Connects, supports and represents the 3 million parents who are LGBT and their 6 million children S  Programs, Parent Groups & Local Events
  58. 58. Contact Info: Lori Hensic lori@militarypartners.org (202) 695-AMPA (2672) www.MilitaryPartners.org
  59. 59. Resources for LGBT Families •  Here is a link to a PDF file with Resources: »  For clinicians working with LGBT military & civilian families »  Listing referral organizations that support LGBT families »  On relevant peer reviewed research articles »  And more… •  http://create.extension.org/sites/default/files/Resources%20for %20Work%20with%20LGBT%20Military%20Families_1.pdf
  60. 60. •  Webinar participants who want to get 2.0 NASW CE Credits (or just want proof of participation in this training) need to take an evaluation and post-test. Here is the link: https://vte.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1L02Y7HH6B7BYvr " »  CE Certificates of completion will be automatically emailed to participants upon completion of the post-test. ! »  Questions/concerns surrounding the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CE credit certificates can be emailed to this address: MFLNmilitaryfamilyadvocate@gmail.com! »  Sometimes state/professional licensure boards for fields other than social work recognize NASW CE Credits, however, you would have to check with your state and/or professional boards if you need CE Credits for your field. ! " •  To learn more about obtaining CE Credits, please visit this website: http://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies/family-development/professional- development/nasw-ce-credits/! CE Credit Information!
  61. 61. This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Numbers 2010-48869-20685 and 2012-48755-20306. Next Webinar: TBA Updates on future MFLN Family Development webinars can be found at: http://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies/family-development/ professional-development/ Military  Families  Learning  Network   Family Development
  62. 62. Military Families Learning Network" This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Numbers 2010-48869-20685 and 2012-48755-20306. Find all upcoming and recorded webinars covering: ! Family Development
 Military Caregiving ! Personal Finance ! Network Literacy! ! http://www.extension.org/62581 !

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