Psychologist, International Deployment Group
Australian Federal Police
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is committed to service and support the diversity of the Australian community and AFP members. In 1996, it established a network of Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) to support the Australian gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community. All GLLOs are volunteers and include both police and civilian (sworn and unsworn) staff, trained to deal sensitively with GLBTI issues and to be available to provide advice and support to members of the public as well as AFP personnel.
The Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer Training Program
The Training Program is designed to equip GLLO Network members with the skills to deal sensitively with GLBTI issues and to provide advice and support to members of both the public and AFP. The Training Program is conducted over three days and broadly covers the following areas:
Definitions, history, culture and GLLO history;
Process of 'coming out';
Gay hate and homophobia;
Victims of crime;
Human sexuality (sexual health and family planning);
Same sex domestic violence;
Transgender and transition in the workplace;
HIV, hepatitis and OH&S issues;
Support for GLLOs (psychological, spiritual and confidant network);
Discrimination, harassment legislation and reporting mechanisms; and
Role of GLLOs.
Experienced speakers, expert in their knowledge of the issues, either professionally and/or personally, deliver the various components of the Training Program. As demonstrated by the broad areas covered, there are many topics that have a psychological component and require participants to have a willingness to examine the topics from various perspectives, including practical aspects, philosophical, social and psychological.
Psychological components of the Training Program
The two components of the training that are delivered by an AFP psychologist include the process of 'coming out', and gay hate and homophobia. However, the psychologist is available to discuss and review with participants any psychological aspects of the other components. I am the psychologist currently delivering these aspects of the Training Program.
Sessions are as interactive as possible, challenging basic belief systems and attempting to give training participants an insight into how others may feel and see the world. As an openly gay male psychologist, I use the notions of honesty and trust, describing my personal reference point as a gay psychologist for the purpose of the training. Participants are asked to consider which 'reference point' they would describe themselves as having when interacting with GLBTI people. This is in the context of the previous session where participants have learnt that homosexuality was a mental illness, diagnosable and often punishable under law until 1974. This sets the scene for participants to consider the possible psychosocial impact on a person when a core, intrinsic part of their persona is questioned, doubted, diminished, and regarded as medically, legally and religiously wrong.Read complete program:
The Australian Psychological Society
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Persuaders of Hate: Anti-Gay Rhetoric from the Christian Reich
Tina Indalecio, PhD – May 4, 2010
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz -> Impending rules on gay priests create Catholic divide
by Charles Honey – October 8, 2005
The Grand Rapids Press
The Lucifer Effect:
Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
By Philip Zimbardo - Stanford University
Blaming the Victim
Ellen Langer - Harvard University
Belief In A Just World - - - Separation of Church and State - - - Wrongly Condemning Homosexuals
Hate Crime Bill vs Attacks But No Facts -> Fear And Ignorance Of
The Blind Leading The Blind
October 27, 2009 – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Gay Marriage - “SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE”
Does Not Give Churches Or Benedict XVI
The Freedom To Abuse Children or Adults.
July 2010 - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Roman Catholic - hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage
& criminal charges - falsely accused gay priests
Psychologist testifies on 'remarkable similarities' of
gay and straight couples
By Maura Dolan - January 14, 2010
Los Angeles Times
"No sensible person can imagine that the
sexes differ in matters of love
as they do in matters of clothing.
The intelligent lover of beauty will be attracted to beauty in whichever
gender he finds it."
California - Prop 8 judgment, August 4, 2010
“Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships
are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships
harm gays and lesbians.”
Judge Vaughn Walker
On Prop 8, it's the evidence, stupid
By Lisa Bloom
and related links:
Galileo Condemned As A Heretic - Misinterpretations Of The Bible
Homosexuality? Natural Law?
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!
Gay Marriage -> Restores
“Hope of Love”
To Children In Early Childhood
Sexual orientation is less about sex and more about love,
being one with another human being - Attachment Theory
LOVE & RELIGION
“Someday, maybe, there will exist
a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction
that the most deadly of all possible sins
is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.”