Film: Pose (2018)

Clinical Title: Pose: A Discussion About Intersectional Identities, Urban-Queer Sexual Subjectivity and the Politics of Passing and Access

Presenter: Noel B. Ramirez, MPH, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm Film and Discussion | 1 CEs
(Please arrive at 6:30 pm for registration, refreshments and networking)
Location: West Philadelphia, PA (19104)
(You will receive the exact location after you register.)

Description & Reason for Film Choice:

Set in a neighborhood in the late 1980s in New York City, Pose follows the lives of members of the house-ball community as they struggle with cultural and inter/intrapersonal victories and struggles in navigating the segregated and political terrain of city life. This series investigates the complexities of urban queer sexuality, resilience in creating places and spaces when mainstream society has turned its back, the politics of passing and access and full spectrum of sexual subjectivity. It is one of the first TV shows to star Trans-women of color telling the stories of trans-women of color.

Theoretical Orientations: Minority Stress Theory, Queer Theory, Systems Theory, Ecological Model, Mutuality, Attachment Theories

Key Concepts: Gender identity, cross-cultural competency in clinical social work, risk and resilience, intersection of socio-cultural identities, HIV/AIDS and cultural context


  1. Increase knowledge of cross-cultural competency in clinical social work through discussion of use of self, mutuality and responses from film content.
  2. Deepen knowledge of varying cultural context surrounding urban queer people of color.
  3. Increase knowledge of local resources that provide resources and support for LGBTQ population in the Philadelphia area.

About the Facilitator:
Noel Ramirez received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, his Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University in 2012 and his Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Women/Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey. He has completed foundational course work at the Institute for Relational Psycho-Analysis of Philadelphia and has been teaching graduate social work in the Philadelphia area since 2014. Mr. Ramirez’s professional background and history has been grounded in communities that he is both personal and professionally committed to serving: urban youth communities, gay/bisexual men, people of color, HIV/AIDS. During the past 9 years, Mr. Ramirez has had varied experiences in social work practice, ranging from medical social work, program management and administration, substance abuse/recovery oriented psycho-therapy, grant writing/program evaluation and clinical supervision. Currently, he is a behavioral health consultant for the Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia, maintains a private practice focusing on gay/bisexual men and providing clinical supervision for social workers seeking to obtain their LCSW in Philadelphia and teaches graduate social work practice at West Chester University College of Education/Social Work and Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Outside of teaching and clinical social work practice, Mr. Ramirez teaches kickboxing classes, bike rides through the city of brotherly love and enjoys spending time with his partner, friends, gardening and discussing post-colonialism.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

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Continuing Education Credits:

For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

For New Jersey Social Workers: This program is approved for clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • October 5, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm