One of the most important things when you decide to be a social worker is that you gotta be open minded and be ready to work with different cultures. In addition, you need to be willing to work with people from different religion, or people that may think different. They are several clients with different backgrounds, for example Latinos or hispanics may have the same background, but they are a very diverse group, they have their own cultural identity. As a social worker you can stereotype or even judge and not assume the worst. As a social worker is wrong to stereotype because you have to be very open minded. This is why as a social worker you should try to learn about the different cultures that exist in the world and more if you are working
Empathy is a critical component in the helping process. In order to provide effective services, social workers must possess an emphatic and culturally competent approach to assessments and interventions within practice settings. In an effort to assess and evaluate how cultural and empathy applies to practice, I endeavored to interview a social service provider who works to provide support and resources to a culturally diverse client population.
Although I somewhat mentioned it above, my reason for majoring in social work is so much more than deciding Biology was too hard. Like previously stated, I knew I wanted to help people, and it is very evident that social workers do exactly that. In addition, I love the diversity that social work allows. With this degree, I can work in almost any setting, with almost any population. This allows workers to be able to change their specific field of work when they feel stuck. I look forward to finding just which setting of social work is perfect for
It is important to understand “cultural accessibility” which includes “understanding, appreciation, and affirmation of values and beliefs that are held by the communit (Delgado, 1999, p. 34). Nonverbal communication is also an aspect of cultural associability due to the communication to the client in a way they understand (Delgado, 1999,). This is an important aspect because it allows the social worker to be available to learn from the client in order to build competence at the time of face-to-face contact. Each client is an individual and is more than just the cultural norm’s they can be stereotyped by.
In order for all people to have equal access to social justice counseling and/or therapy, there must be a universal system that allow for all people to have to have the same opportunities to help. In order for professional helpers to help all people, individuals, institutions and education systems must have the same clear vision of an ideal multicultural climate. As a student that is studying to become a counseling professional, my primary concern is enhancing my skills and gaining the experience and expertise of helping others. However, in the professional counseling field it is not about “I” it’s about working together to build systems, developing skills and helping all people. In order to influence change, one must be committed and engaged in continuously improving one’s perception of cultural identity and
As a multiracial mental health counselor, I disagree with your assessment and strategy associated with James’ substance abuse. You cited Choi, He, Herrenkohl, Catalono, and Toumbourou (2012) as having stated that multiracial youth having a higher number of peers who have substance abuse issues, and this data being linked to problems exhibited by this same population. The authors cite this information in their literature review, and set out to examine this long cited hypothesis. The authors found this hypothesis not to be true in their study and also state that the studies that cite this data are speculative and lack sound empirical data. In their study, the authors found that although multiracial youth do experience more exposure to peer risks
With an increase in cultural diversity in the United States, Social Workers are faced with the daily challenge of cultural competence. Cultural competence is more than just knowing about a culture. Cultural competence has been defined as “a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system or agency or among professionals and enable the system, agency, or professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations (Teasley M, 2014)."
131). These are two I was guilty of growing up. As I have gotten older and became acquainted with individuals whose culture or ethnicity is different from my own I have found that it is important to learn more about their individual backgrounds and part of this is having a better understanding of diversity. Being a social work student has allowed me to become even more aware of the importance of a client’s background, as-well-as minority status. As social workers it is important to follow the principles set forth in NASW’s Standards for Cultural Competency. Number 3, Cross-Cultural Knowledge, tells us that as social workers we must possess and continue to develop our knowledge and understanding of, “The history, traditions, values, family systems, and artistic expressions such as race and ethnicity; immigration and refugee status; tribal groups; religion and spirituality; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; social class; and mental or physical abilities of various cultural groups” (2015, pp.
Therefore, it is important that any analysis of whiteness moves beyond understanding white supremacy as just the inherent belief in the biological superiority of white people. Race as a social construction emerged in the modernist era due to Europe’s desire for global dominance. Social work practice operates in the context of processes of whiteness, racism, and colonialism. It is important to discuss the evolution of whiteness over time in society before one can begin to understand the ways in which social work practice is entrenched with the social and cultural process of whiteness and white supremacy.
Cultural self-awareness is an important essential tool to the profession of social work. It has its important factors that help us understand the clients’ needs, explore options, and acknowledge ethical dilemmas while considering ethical principles. By recognizing these factors, we can understand and be culturally competent and have strategies to implement a plan. Cultural competence is a set of congruent behavior patterns, attitudes, and policies that enable a system, agency, or organization. During the helping process of the client, it intensifies our awareness about our own learning development such as strength vs. weakness, successes vs. failures, beliefs and values. It is the most important attribute in counseling according to Rogers
Although it is commonly acknowledged that cultural identity is multifaceted, there is little guidance for appraising the cumulative influences of power, privilege, and oppression across social work settings. Contemporary models for multicultural competence in practice and education are often contradictory, producing a lack of uniformity in practical applications of theory. Focus on a single dimension of diversity for the sake of brevity, and to conceptualize skills that are easily transferrable to practice, is incongruent with the appreciation for complexity that presumably underlies current paradigms. The field of social work is committed to social justice and diversity. Systems of inequity are deeply embedded and difficult to uproot without
Social work is a discipline that dedicates it efforts in facilitating unlimited options to enhance the quality of life of those who it serves; this is archived by instilling positive structure to address life’s challenges. Consequently, what characterizes a superior social work practice is the level of cultural competence. According to NASW, cultural competence refers to the process by which individuals and systems respond considerately
After reading the module 10H, I have a full understanding of what I need to do as a social worker. The breakdown of the ethnically competent practice was characterized by a number of things. One must be self-aware concerning one’s own ethno cultural background and values is important. Having an understanding of who I am and where I came from could benefit my client and the service I provide. Being an African American woman is not something that I overlook. My culture makes me who I am. Without my culture I would not be able to the individual I am today. With that being said I have educated myself about my culture and the culture of others. Educating myself have shown me have many cultures have many of the same issues, but all face them differently. As a social work knowledge is something that is important because the world is always
According to Diller (2007), working with culturally diverse populations require a social worker to be aware of personal values and beliefs, have knowledge of how the client views the world, and utilize effective and culturally appropriate intervention strategies. Therefore, working with Mr. Fahza requires the social worker to demonstrate awareness of personal values and beliefs. In addition, the social worker needs to understand how Mr. Fahza views the world and apply culturally appropriate
There are several issues related to issues of human diversity that have influenced the development of my interest in social work. As I take a look around my community and what is occurring in the world I notice the different cultures, environments, and lack of humanity. I took an interest in these three categories and learned there are recurring issues within each. There is a lack of cultural competency in the society. Different cultures do not interact effectively with one another as much as they should. A person may interact differently with a certain culture once they are forced or need to. For example, a person may only interact with a person from a different culture for work purposes or attending a certain event. Majority of people (cultures)