Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist, specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically PLWHA, for the past four years. Additionally, she is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate for the polyamorus, LGBTQ, and body-positive communities. Jennifer works for Health Emergency Lifeline Program, an HIV service organization based in Detroit Michigan, where she provides therapy to individuals, couples, and groups who are HIV+ or affected by HIV. Jennifer received her MSW from University of Michigan, and her BSW from the University of Michigan-Flint, where she tailored her educational experiences toward sexual health education and sex therapy. Jennifer believes that Black Lives Matter.

Presentation:  Panel Presentation: Perspectives on Serving HIV+ Clients with a History of Incarceration
Day: Thursday
Time: Breakout Session 1
Where: Clinton

Presentation Description:
We know that people living with HIV experience health disparities, as do individuals with a history of incarceration or other legal concerns. Individuals at the intersection of both of these identities can be especially vulnerable, and may have very specific needs from helping professionals, from both a clinical and community perspective. This facilitated panel presentation will include the experiences of several clinical social workers and other helping professionals who serve hiv-positive clients with a history of incarceration.

Presentation Objectives:
1. Participants will learn about disparities and barriers faced by HIV+ clients who have a history of incarceration.
2. Participants will learn about resources, tools, and techniques intended to address the needs of this community, as well hearing examples of ways in which various helping professionals have applied these resources in their own practices.
3. Participants will learn basic information about HIV decriminalization laws and advocacy work.