Online Course
Considerations for Working with LGBTQIA+ Displaced Persons
Expand your understanding of the challenges experienced by members of the LGBTQIA+ community during displacement

2-2.5 hours





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Laura Gueron
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Laura Gueron is a physical therapist and lecturer with considerable knowledge of working with survivors of torture

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Estimates of the LGBTQIA+ community vary country by country. Being a member of the LGTBQIA+ community is illegal in many countries and participating in private, consensual same-sex activity can carry the death penalty in eleven countries. Nearly all displaced persons have been through many traumatic experiences, but LGBTQIA+ community members are often persecuted and even killed by family members once their sexual identity is discovered. LGBTQIA+ individuals often need to flee from countries where there is no civil war and where torture and other human rights abuses against heterosexual individuals may be uncommon. In addition, LGBTQIA+ displaced persons are often re-victimised once they arrive in hosting countries, which are commonly low- and middle-income countries, and which may have laws in place banning same-sex relationships.

It is crucial that rehabilitation professionals treat LGBTQIA+ displaced persons with the same dignity and respect afforded to other clients. This course will explore working with LGBTQIA+ individuals who have experienced displacement. Displacement may increase the risk for abuse, neglect, and violence, with many individuals facing difficulties accessing support and receiving appropriate health care services.


This course aims to provide an overview of working with LGBTQIA+ individuals who have experienced displacement.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe acceptable terminology for gender identity, sexual identity and sexual orientation
  • discuss challenges that members of the LGBTQIA+ community may face in their home and host communities
  • discuss strategies to minimise barriers to culturally competent care for LGBTQIA+ displaced persons

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Laura Gueron: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Brilliant intro course. I have little knowledge on this topic, and it was great to understand some of what a small portion of my patients must struggle with.
Richard Feher
South Africa