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date: 25 February 2024

Queer Communities (Competency and Positionality)locked

Queer Communities (Competency and Positionality)locked

  • Michael P. DentatoMichael P. DentatoLoyola University Chicago


There is a critical and ongoing need for the expansion of competency among social workers related to understanding queer identities and issues related to positionality within queer communities. It is also important to continually examine the evolving terminology and context through which the term queer has been defined over the years and relevant challenges with connectedness to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Age cohort associations and the role of intersectionality also have relevance and underscore the multidimensional discourse necessary to develop effective competency, and engage in affirming practice with queer communities. Social worker practitioners must understand the implications for best practices associated with establishing and maintaining an affirming therapeutic alliance with queer clients, as well as the continued need for research related to understanding the unique needs of queer identities and the queer community at-large.


  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

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