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Episode 191 - Dr. Adrienne Dessel, Dr. Michael Woodford, and Kevin Goodman: LGBT Discrimination on Campus and Heterosexual Bystanders: Understanding the Intention to Intervene

Monday, May 09, 2016, 7:47:06 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss their research related to LGBT discrimination on college campuses and the context in which heterosexual bystanders are most likely to intervene. They highlight the specific skills and attitudes that can be fostered to promote supportive heterosexual bystander involvement and inclusive environments for LGBT individuals.

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Average Rating: 5stars  attention bystanders, Friday, February 07, 2020

By Jillian Drake :

This podcast explores the relationship between homosexual hate and who will intervene. It explains the importance of bystander intervention and situations in which a bystander would most likely intervene on discriminatory actions taken against people in the LGBTQ+ community. It is very informative for anyone in the helping profession or for students who wish to learn about the importance of intervening when an LGBTQ+ individual is being bullied or harassed.

I think it was important that the researchers drew attention to how college climates can be potentially unsafe, hostile, and discriminatory to people of the LGBTQ+ community. They raised concerns about higher mental health risks in the LGBTQ+ population as well other concerns such as homosexual students leaving school, failing academically and being exluded (Dessel, Woodford & Goodman, 2016).

In my opinion, this podcast episode encompasses the importance of a social worker’s responsibility to combat social injustices. It also provides social workers with a reminder that this vulnerable population may not be focused on enough and that, as social workers, we are mandated to eliminate discrimination and promote social justice (Dessel, Woodford & Goodman, 2016). I appreciated the recommendations provided by the researchers of how social workers can intervene. I also valued the recommendation that social workers must recognize the behaviors that make people more apt to intervene on this form of discrimination. I enjoyed learning about the findings of this study and would highly recommend it to other professionals in the social work field.

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Episode 191 - Dr. Adrienne Dessel, Dr. Michael Woodford, and Kevin Goodman: LGBT
Discrimination on Campus and Heterosexual Bystanders: Understanding the Intention to
Intervene. (2016, May 9). inSocialWork® Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Retrieved from
http://www.insocialwork.org/episode.asp?ep=191









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