Dr Trevor Gates - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Trevor Gates

PhD (Social Work) University of Illinois-Chicago, MS (Adult Education), College at Buffalo, State University of New York, MSW (Social Work, Clinical) Norfolk State University, BA (Political Science) Christopher Newport University

  • Senior Lecturer in Social Work
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Trevor Gates

Dr Trevor Gates is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work the School of Social Sciences.

Trevor was previously an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. Trevor earned his PhD in Social Work with an interdisciplinary certificate in gender and women's studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his research explored stigma-related experiences in the workplace for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in Chicago.

As a social work educator and researcher, Trevor has authored publications on LGBT social justice issues, social work pedagogy, international issues, and other issues impacting historically marginalised communities. As a consultant in the United States, he has provided subject matter expertise and developed wholly online courses for Pearson. For over ten years, he also provided exam item development for the Association of Social Work Boards, an organisation which maintains the social work licensing examinations in the United States and Canada, which test a social worker's competence to practice ethically and safely.

Trevor's current research focus is on social justice issues with LGBT communities, volunteerism, organisational behaviour, and strengths-based practices. Among his current research projects is the investigation and exploration of the impact of workplace friendships on well-being and empowerment at work.

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Professional memberships

  • National LGBTI Health Alliance, Australia
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers, USA
  • National Association of Social Workers, International Chapter
  • National Network for Social Work Managers
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois and Texas
  • Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counsellor, New York

Potential Research projects for HDR and Honours Students

  • Strengths and affirming practices with LGBTQI communities
  • Organisational tolerance for heterosexism and sexism in Australian workplaces
  • Role of workplace friendship and mentoring for LGBTQI workers
  • Homopositivity, homonegativity, and other stereotyping of LGBTQI people and communities
  • Volunteerism and community engagement in human service practice
  • International issues affecting LGBTQI people and communities
  • Intersectionality of disability and LGBTQI human rights issues
  • Online education in social work and preparation for practice

Selected research publications

  • Sniatecki, J. L., Pelz, J. A., & Gates, T. G. (2018). Human rights advocacy for students with disabilities: Challenging stigma and promoting opportunity in social work education. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s41134-018-0058-3
  • Gates, T. G., Quinn, C. R., & Phillips Jr, M. L. (2017). LGBTQ-affirmative teaching at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Understanding program directors' views. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 22(1), 131-142. doi:10.18084/1084-7219.22.1.131
  • Gates, T. G. (2016). When supervisors and managers tolerate heterosexism: Challenges, opportunities, and implications for workplace advocacy. In T. Kollen (Ed.) Sexual orientation and transgender issues in organizations: Global perspectives on LGBT workforce diversity (pp. 481-492). New York, NY: Springer.

Research areas

  • lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer issues
  • workplace behaviour, including risk and protective factors
  • stengths-based and empowerment practice
  • outcomes of blended and online education

Teaching areas

  • Human Behaviour in the Social Environment
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Individual and Group Practice

Dr Trevor Gates' specialist areas of knowledge include gender and sexuality, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues, social work direct practice, human behaviour, workplace behaviour and online and blended education

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