Advancing the knowledge about the cultural competence of “front-line” treatment professionals

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Hey Network faithful, if you are a front-line professional, are friends with one, and heck, maybe even related to one, take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to 1) help out Megan Gandy, a loyal Network faithful doctoral student, and 2) expand knowledge about how staff members view lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) issues in youth. We are helping Megan spread the word about this survey opportunity by circulating her invitation email (see below).

Get on it Network faithful. Time to pay it forward!

Request for "front-line" treatment professionals to participate in a survey designed to knowledge about how staff members view lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) issues in youth

Greetings,

Thank you for taking the time to read this note. I am excited to invite you to complete a short one-time survey. Its purpose is to help advance knowledge about the cultural competence of “front-line” treatment professionals (e.g., group home staff, treatment parents, substitute caregivers, behavioral technicians, case managers, etc.) who work with youth who have mental health problems. The survey will expand knowledge about how staff members view lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) issues in youth. I am inviting participants who work at agencies throughout the mid-Atlantic region. It is not necessary for you to know anything about LGBTQ issues in order to participate.

I am a doctoral student in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and this survey is for my dissertation. I worked in residential, inpatient, and community based mental health care for over five years before I returned to graduate school. My practice background helped me recognize how complex and critical front-line workers are in the treatment and care of youth. It also made me realize that the field needs better ways to understand and explore their approaches, behaviors, and attitudes when working with youth.

The survey should take you about 20-30 minutes to complete, and you may access it at any computer or mobile device with internet access. If you can’t complete the entire survey in one sitting, you can save your answers and return to it later. If you do decide to participate, you can enter into a weekly drawing for a $50 Amazon.com gift card. Drawings will be held every Friday (starting November 21st) until the close of the survey, December 19th, or until we reach 250 participants (whichever comes first).

Participation in the survey is voluntary. Your answers to the survey questions will be anonymous, and in no way tied back to you or the agency you work for. Results will be reported only in aggregate so that individuals cannot be identified. At the end of the survey, there is an opportunity to enter a raffle for a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Your input is very important to me, and I look forward to learning more about this important area of the field.

Sincerely,

Megan E. Gandy, MSW, LCSW
Ph.D. Candidate
School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
gandyme@vcu.edu

gandyMegan Gandy is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her substantive area of interest is mental health services research with a special focus on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth in treatment settings. Her dissertation research, titled “Assessing LGBTQ Cultural Competency in Direct Care Youth Workers,” involves the creation of a measurement tool to assess LGBTQ-related cultural competency in paraprofessional workers who provide mental health services to children and adolescents. In the coming years, she plans to follow up this project with a grant to develop, deliver, and evaluate LGBTQ-focused cultural competency training for professionals and paraprofessionals. 

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