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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Committee

The committee is open to all NASW members, we invite you to visit or join us.  Meetings are held at the NASW Indiana office except as noted, with an option to participate by phone.

Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Indiana Interchurch Center - 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, 46208

Please contact the office at  (317) 923-9878 or for more information about the committee or our next meeting.


Please join NASW Indiana's Committee On Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
for a Two-Day Conference on working with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients

February 27 & 28, 2020
Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Krannert Hall, Indianapolis, IN

The NASW Indiana Conference on Serving Sexual and Gender Minority Clients is designed to provide social services practitioners with the knowledge necessary to serve clients that identify as sexual and/or gender minorities in a culturally-responsive manner. Working with this population requires a skill set based on an understanding of both historical and contemporary social and psychological factors that affect LGBTQ+ individuals’ lives. The first day’s session will provide attendees with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge about working with LGBTQ+ clients across the lifespan. Building on the base of knowledge from the first day, the second day features advanced sessions on various topics related to serving these clients. These specialized sessions will allow practitioners to delve deeper into more complex areas of working with LGBTQ+ clients. After attending the conference participants will have a knowledge base that will allow them to provide services to LGBTQ+ clients in an affirming, educated, and effective way.

13.25 CEHs available
There will be 1 Ethics Session each day of the conference.

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Richard Brandon-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, LCAC

Committee Charge

The committee will develop, review, and monitor programs of the chapter and the field of social work and provide education to the chapter and the field of social work with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity in social work practice, social work education, social policy, and social justice.

The IN Chapter SOGI Committee can actualize this charge by working to achieve the following tasks and objectives:
A. To sensitize the profession to the diversity and needs of sexual and gender minorities and their families in contemporary society.
B. To recommend NASW members who are sexual and gender minorities for elective and appointive leadership positions.
C. To work within the network of the National task forces and resource people.
D. To stimulate an increase of sexual orientation and gender identity content in professional literature.
E. To communicate with various units of NASW (publications, quality assurance, practice advancements, governmental affairs, etc.) to assure appropriate recognition and inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity content.
F. To advocate for sexual orientation and gender identity inclusive curricular content in schools of social work.
G. To participate with coalitions of related organizations, agencies, and professional associations.
H. To communicate the activities of the committee to the board.


Yearly Events Include:

  • Providing trainings for agencies, organizations, or other entities by request [link to pdf]
  • Annual 2-day SOGI Conference
  • Providing beginning and advanced-level trainings on working with individuals who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities at the NASW-IN Annual Conference
  • Attending the Pride Festival to promote diversity (e.g., Circle City, Fort Wayne, Spencer, Lafayette, Columbus)
  • Co-sponsoring an event with the NASW-IN Committee on Ethic and Racial Diversity to promote recognition of diversity and intersectionality


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  • It is because of volunteers like you that we are able to deliver high quality programs and services to our members


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