Project Description

SOCIAL WORKERS PROVIDE CAPACITY TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

NOUS Counselling and Art Therapy in partnership with Khulisa Social Solutions recently embarked on a joint venture to assess the knowledge of Khulisa’s community leaders, specifically social workers, in various communities across South Africa to understand whether they have adequate training to assist individuals from the LGBTQI+ community.

The information that was gathered through the surveys that were conducted with Khulisa staff has immensely benefited the research team; through the data that was gathered it was possible to determine that staff members, of whom the majority do not associate with the LGBTQI+ community, find it difficult to assist LGBTQI+ individuals.

An important obstacle that staff are facing is that members of the LGBTQI+ community do not trust them, they feel that non-LGBTQI+ community leaders don’t understand what a gay/lesbian/transgendered/bisexual individual experiences both internally as well as externally in terms of the various communities that they live in.  Khulisa staff members are currently being capacitated on how best to deal with their clients who are exposed to multiple facets of gender-based violence.

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