Cultural Competency And Social Work Practice

1098 Words Mar 30th, 2016 5 Pages
The BusinessDictionary.com defines cultural competency as, “A set of behaviors, policies, and attitudes which form a system or agency which allows cross-cultural groups to effectively work professionally in situations. This includes human behaviors, languages, communications, actions, values, religious beliefs, social groups, and ethic perceptions. Individuals are competent to function on their own and within an organization where multi-cultural situations will be present” (2016).
Our communities are composed of various ethnicities which have led to the need to incorporate cultural competency in state legislation, federal statutes and programs, private sector organization and academic settings. The Indicators for the Achievement of the NASW Standards for Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice is the manual that guides the social practice in attaining cultural competency.
Since cultural competence includes attaining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable practitioners to provide effective care for diverse populations, reading and adhering to the Indicators for the Achievement of the NASW Standards for Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice, will allow me to incorporate the ten standards in my daily practice. The ten standards include; ethics and values, self-awareness, cross-cultural knowledge, cross-cultural skills, service delivery, empowerment and advocacy, diverse workforce, professional education, language diversity, and cross-cultural leadership.
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