LGBTQI+ Older Adults and Older Adults Living with HIV - Asynchronous Workshop

This workshop is offered asynchronously. Each session is online and self-paced. The course may be completed in increments. Participants will receive email instructions on how to access course materials 4-5 business days after registration.  

Workshop Description:
“The LGBTQI+ Older Adults and Older Adults Living with HIV” workshop is a 3-hour asynchronous course. Designed to help providers learn about the NJ LGBTQI+ Senior Bill of Rights and cover applicable content, the course is comprised of six modules. Each module is approximately 30 minutes in length and was developed by five experts in the field. The modules are as follows:
  • Module 1 – Welcome, Terminology, and What You Need to Know about the NJ LGBTQI+ Senior Bill of Rights [Jeanne Koller, PhD, MSW, LCSW)
  • Module 2 – Discrimination and Stigma [Jennifer Dunkle, PhD, MSW]
  • Module 3 – Health Equity and Health Disparities [Jennifer Dunkle, PhD, MSW]
  • Module 4 – Overview of Working with LGBT+ Older Adults [Cory Cummings, PhD, MSW, LCSW]
  • Module 5 – Overview of HIV/AIDS and Aging [Lisa E. Cox, PhD, MSW, LCSW]
  • Module 6 – Strategies to Create a Safe and Affirming Environment for LGBT+ Older Adults and Older Adults Living with HIV [Carolyn Bradley, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LCADC]

Learning Objectives
  1. Gain familiarity with the NJ LGBTQI+ Senior Bill of Rights
  2. Learn current terminology related to sexual orientation and gender identities
  3. Understand the impact of stigma and discrimination on LGBTQI+ older adults and older adults living with HIV/AIDS
  4. Understand health disparities that impact on LGBTQI+ older adults and older adults living with HIV/AIDS and how to advocate for health equity
  5. Learn how to provide culturally sensitive services when working with LGBT+ older adults
  6. Increase understanding of HIV/AIDS and the impact HIV/AIDS has on the lives of older adults
  7. Learn strategies to help create a safe and affirming environment for LGBT+ older adults and older adults living with HIV
Meets criteria for MU Certificate in Aging.

CEUs: 3 Social & Cultural Competence CEs
Date/Time: Asynchronous, Self-paced
Location: Via an internet link that will be sent to you after you register
Requirements: Computer and internet access are required
Presenters: Jeanne Koller, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW; Jennifer Dunkle, Ph.D., MSW; Cory Cummings, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW; Lisa E. Cox, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW; Carolyn Bradley, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Presenter Information:
Jeanne Koller, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is an Assistance Professor in the Monmouth University School of Social Work. Dr. Koller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and came to academia with over 25 years of clinical practice experience. Active in issues pertaining to older adults, she serves as the Coordinator of the LGBTQ+ Older Adult Project at Monmouth and is a member of the steering committee for the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Koller also has interest in the area of grief and has published research articles in the areas of social work education, LGBTQ+ aging, and older adults residing in co-housing.

Jennifer Dunkle, Ph.D., MSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Stockton University in Atlantic City, NJ. She earned her Ph.D. in social work from Fordham University and her MSW from Monmouth University. She has been engaged in community-based research on the health and social service needs of older LGBTQ+ adults since 2012 in conjunction with the Monmouth University Older Adult Project and the Stockton University Center on Successful Aging.

Cory Cummings, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He has previously worked at the School of Social Work at Monmouth University as an Assistant Professor and a scholar connected to the LGBT+ Older Adult Project at Monmouth. This included community engaged research to better understand the health, wellness, and aging needs of the LGBTQ+ community in NJ. He has practiced in the field of community mental health for a number of years and has volunteered with safety net mental health services and programming for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Lisa E. Cox, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work and Gerontology at Stockton University and brings 35 years of health social work practice to her role. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social work, focusing on generalist and advanced practice, research methods, and gerontology. Previously, Dr. Cox held a joint faculty appointment at Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving recognition for her work in AIDS clinical trials and community engagement. Dr. Cox is a prolific author with seven published books and holds leadership positions on various boards, including Vice Chair of New Jersey’s Board of Social Work Examiners. A dedicated member of the National Association of Social Workers since 1986, she has held multiple leadership roles at state, national and local levels, demonstrating her commitment to the field.

Carolyn A. Bradley, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, LCADC, is in private practice in Oceanport, NJ and is a clinical affiliate professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. Prior to retirement in December 2019, she was an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University. During her tenure at Monmouth, Dr. Bradley initiated and led the LGBT+ Older Adult Project. Her research interests are in LGBT+ aging, spirituality, and women’s recovery. Dr. Bradley is also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and serves Trinity Church in Asbury Park, NJ.