Introduction to Human Services – Term Pape Instructions
This course examines the historical, social, and political forces that have led to the development of both governmental and non-profit human services systems in contemporary America. The organization and operation of the primary social supports for meeting human service needs; the various models for delivering those services; theoretical perspectives; target populations; and the characteristics and skills of a human service professional. Ethical considerations and diversity issues are addressed.
My topic of choice for research is: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
The subject of the research papeer shall deal with working with Varied Client Population in the Human Service Field. Choose one of the populations in Chapter 10 of the textbook.
For this assignment, you will submit your Research Papeer; your research must include:
An introduction to your approved topic.
Describe any issues that you may encounter and discuss the specifics of working with this population.
Evaluate how the issues are being addressed today and whether it is being handled effectively.
Explain how you would handle the issues, including changes you would make and support your changes. Indicate your thoughts on needed changes, opinions, and ideas you would employ.
A word document at least 4 to 5 pages in length, 12 pt. font, double spaced, APA formatted pages (not including title and reference pages).
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
My topic of choice for research is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. There have been remarkable changes over the acceptance and embrace of the LGBT community in the last two decades. Laws have stopped the discrimination against GBT relationships and society perceptions have become more tolerant. However, many LGBT community members in the US continue to be victims of hate crimes such as assault, harassment, sexual abuse and verbal assault due to their sexual orientation. A non-negligible number of human services professionals continue to express bias when dealing with LGBT members, treating them in demeaning and unethical ways (Neukrug, 2016). For instance, a research article by Mirza & Rooney (2018) in the Center for American Progress indicated that LGBTQ people continue to face disturbing rates of healthcare discrimination in form of harassment and humiliation by care providers.
My interest in this topic is to understand why LGBT people are pervasively and disproportionally vulnerable to hate and violence compared to their straight counterparts. LGBT people are nearly 4 times more likely than their straight counterparts to experience violent victimization, including sexual assault and harassment, rape and aggravated assault (Loyal, 2020). Influencing factors leading to higher violence rates among LGBT people could be cultural, religious or political and social mores and biases.
Loyal | thisisloyal.com. (2020, October 5). LGBT people nearly four times more likely than non-LGBT people to be victims of violent crime. Williams
Mirza, S. A., & Rooney, C. (2018, January 18). Discrimination prevents LGBTQ people from accessing health care. Center for American Progress. https://www.americanprogress.org/article/discrimination-prevents-lgbtq-people-accessing-health-care/
Neukrug, E. S. (2016). Theory, practice, and trends in human services: An introduction (6th ed.). Cengage Learning.