How Social Workers Affect Their Interactions With Clients And The Overall Profession

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Abstract
Everyone has different challenges they must overcome in this life; however, all people must face the reality of death. While the transition to death seems naturally uncontrollable, many people are now expressing their wishes concerning end-of-life care. The various choices individuals have about if, when, and how to end their life have been expanding in not only recent decades, but in recent years. Therefore, it is important for social workers to be abreast on how this topic affects clients and the overall profession. Andrew McCormick, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, wrote “Self-Determination, the Right to Die, and Culture: A Literature Review” to show social workers how the complexities surrounding the right-to-die movement affect their interactions with clients. This critical analysis will explore the points of McCormick’s review and the suggestions he has for social workers. He positively considers the value of self-determination in addition to the need for cultural competency. Even though he is right to mention that this issue is not ethically clear at all times for social workers, he does not apply the strengths perspective or the value of empowerment to his article. Furthermore, he does not empower social workers by informing them of how they can overcome their potential personal bias and fear of death and the right-to-die issue. Keywords: right-to-die, social work, culture, self-determination, empowerment A Transition that Affects Everyone
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