LGBTQ CLINICAL CONSULTATION
Jess Homan (She/Her/Hers) received her BA in Sociology in 2007 from Bowling Green State University and her Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2013. Prior to receiving her masters, Jess worked with youth, specializing in behavioral and emotional disorders and autism spectrum diagnosis. Most of her social work career has focused on LGBTQ veterans. Jessica’s therapeutic style integrates Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed care, as well as mindfulness-based interventions. She is also certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a trauma-specific treatment. She uses a holistic approach and believes in treating the whole person, working collaboratively with clients, “meeting them where they are.” Jess specializes in LGBTQ issues, particularly with the Trans and Gender Expansive Community. She has a strong interest in working with shame and vulnerability and believes “courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” (Brené Brown) Jess values the importance of intersectional identities and acknowledges systemic oppression as largely impactful to our health and wellness.
The majority of her social work career has been dedicated to developing an LGBTQ program at the VA and serving LGBTQ Veterans. She was the LGBTQ Veteran Care Coordinator Lead for the VAs in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Jess also developed a 3 day LGBTQ education program that was spread to 15 VAs, nationwide. Her article “The Importance of Assessing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Health Care Setting: An emphasis on LGBTQ veterans” was published in NASW’s Health publication, as well as their Social and Economic Justice and Peace Publication. Jessica has presented at international and national conferences on LGBTQ issues.
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