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March 2020 Educator | Resource of the Month

The Educator|Resource of the Month offers creative pedagogical approaches to diversity and justice education. The resources featured are developed by experts in the field and map onto the CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards competencies in diversity and social justice. Educators can use the materials for developing assignments or a variety of teaching activities.

A Blueprint to Reduce LGBTQ Youth Homelessness


Increasingly, vulnerable populations are under attack in our communities. LGBTQ youths who are experiencing homelessness are among those at the top of the list. Despite a clear need to improve their outcomes, we continue to have little knowledge regarding their unique needs, challenges, and goals. Based on the the voices of providers, advocates, and youths, this Educator|Resource provides access to a systematically organized evidence base with regard to the needs and experiences of this vulnerable group. Also included in this Educator|Resource are strategies for engaging in best practices and recommendations for facilitating successful transitions to adulthood.

The rich compilation of resources is a product of 3/40 Blueprint—a collaborative effort between the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. 3/40 Blueprint was created to respond to the needs of LGBTQ youths and runaway and homeless youths by developing a blueprint spanning the 3 years of the project to help reduce homelessness among the 40% of youths who identify as LGBTQ. The goal of 3/40 Blueprint is to help guide service provision for LGBTQ  runaway and homeless youths and support teaching across the social work education curriculum.


Online Resource Additional Information 
Needs Assessment  Summary & Practice Applications
Needs Assessment: Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth  Summary & Practice Applications
Intervention Outcomes  Summary & Practice Applications
Factors Contributing to Intervention Outcomes  Summary & Practice Applications
Intake/Screening Forms and Training Curricula  Summary & Practice Applications




About the Educators 

Alan-Dettlaff.jpg Dr. Alan J. Dettlaff  is dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. His work focuses on improving outcomes for children and youths in the child welfare system by examining factors that contribute to racial disparities and improving cultural responsiveness.
Henrika.jpg Dr. Henrika McCoy is an associate professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her area of expertise is in the intersection of mental health needs and juvenile offending behavior among African American boys.  

Q&A: Educator Pedagogical Approach 

How can I use this resource in the classroom?
In its entirety this set of materials can be used in discussions related to diversity and justice across the social work education curriculum and lends itself to being used in the development of assignments and integrated into a variety of teaching activities. In addition, its content easily maps to other CSWE competencies. For example, content captured from the experiences shared by youth-consumers, strategies for creating safe and affirming environments for LGBTQ youths, and assessment tools can be integrated into practice courses (Competency 8: Intervene With Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities). Read the full Q&A


The views expressed in the Educator|Resource are those of the educator(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council on Social Work Education.

 Interested in contributing to the Educator | Resource of the Month? Please contact Dr. Yolanda Padilla, CSWE Diversity Center Director, at [email protected].