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Cultural Norm

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From the weekly reading, I was able to adapt a strong feeling of self-awareness of my own culture. We as people respond to societal issues based off our cultural and religious practices. The reading discusses the importance of cultural awareness, which is a key part of social work practice. The text defines cultural not only as a way to distinguish groups, but as a, “… source of strength and inspiration that helps people cope with daily stressors they face” (Marsiglia & Kulis, 2015). The reading went on to further discuss, how understanding one’s cultural norms help social workers to better assist clients. How can social workers be successful at the job if he or she lack the proper tools to guide them in their daily roles? For example, if…show more content…
With that in mind, the text began to discuss race and ethnicity, and how they each signifies cultural. Because this is in fact true, it is important to set aside our personal beliefs, and biases towards cultures other than our own. When interacting with other cultures, we must be open minded, creative, and ready to learn new things. Understanding groups norms open the doors for effective practice. In fact, the text noted that, “…as part of the code of social work ethics, social workers must be sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination (Marsiglia & Kulis, 2015)”. Being that we live in a world that is influenced by various cultures, it is important to be culturally grounded. All in all, this chapter help me to further understand the importance of cultural awareness. Being equipped with a range of tools is essential for the profession. Having these tools enables us to battle against cultural oppression and create change. Social workers must respect cultural boundaries, and work hard to set aside personal feelings to meet client’s needs. As seen as part of the Saint Leo University Core Values, we as social workers must value truth, personal worth and dignity to fully help members of
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