A Framework for Clinical Practice with LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers
Thursday, Jan. 20, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. ET
Edward J. Alessi, PhD, LCSW (he/him)
Sarilee Kahn, PhD, MSW, MPH (she/her)
Over the years, increasing numbers of LGBTQ+ people have fled to the United States seeking protection based on persecution of their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, upon arrival in the United States they contend with a number of stressors, including challenges meeting basic needs, navigating the asylum process, and dealing with structural barriers (e.g., stigma and discrimination, lack of access to health care). To assist LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in settlement, a clinical practice framework for working with this population is presented. Integrating concepts from complex trauma, minority stress and intersectionality, acculturation and integration, and resilience, the framework is intended to help LGBTQ+ asylum seekers manage traumatic stress, handle the demands of the asylum process, and contend with stress related to their multiple marginalized identities.
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