Sexual orientation refers to a person’s sexual attraction or romantic interest (American Psychological Association, 2021). It is always best to address an individual in the way they would like to be described when a preference is expressed. Assumptions about a person’s sexual orientation can lead to being unintentionally offensive or hurtful. This microlearning course includes practices that can help you avoid making assumptions that can potentially harm others (Casey et al., 2019; Human Rights Campaign, n.d.; Malark & Zonana, 2022).
Jennifer received her Bachelor's degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Master's degree in Social Work with a Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 13 years of experience providing counseling and case management to a variety of populations. Her clinical interests are motivational interviewing, harm reduction, psychosis, LGBTQ+ issues, gender diversity, and integrated care. She has experience working as a substance use disorder specialist on an assertive community treatment team, and as a therapist in a local hospital outpatient clinic that specializes in schizophrenia. She also has experience working with pregnant and parenting people with substance use disorders, people that are justice involved, people living with infectious diseases, and people across the spectrum of gender and sexuality. Disclosure: Jennifer Niles, MSW, LCSW, LCAS discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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