My Experience in Social Work

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My second year placement, Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), has given me the ability to work with a diverse group of participants. Moreover, I was also given the chance to demonstrate my Korean language skills in placement. Although I was placed at a somewhat similar placement, Orange County Asian and Pacific Community Alliance (OCAPICA), the year before, I was not able to fully utilize my language abilities with many participants. Currently, I have been able to work with the mono-lingual Korean senior population, which has helped me grow as a social worker, because I have not worked with this particular population in a professional level. The senior population has helped me understand many issues that marginalize the elderly. CSUDH’s…show more content…
Often times, I feel that I am falling behind because I am spending more time correcting mistakes, because handwriting notes leaves little room for error. As a result, I have learning to balance taking on fewer clients and time managing more efficiently by having more time to work on case notes. Although I may reflect on not having the most ideal placement for my 2nd year, I will continue to work hard to my best ability and constantly attempt to learn what I need during my free time. My development as a learner and beginning social work practitioner, has given me the ability to demonstrate different theories I learned in class and incorporate them in practice. CSUDH’s MSW Self Study (2009) describes CRT as a framework to deconstruct the Eurocentric hierarchy that has been implemented in society that oppresses marginalized groups; intersectionality explains the marginal identifies that disadvantage minority groups that do not have traits of the Eurocentric identity. As a result, working with the mono-lingual senior population has given me insight about culturally competent practices that aren’t incorporated in many field placements. As a social worker, it is important to advocate for marginalized groups in order to efficiently assist participants in a culturally respectful manner. Moreover, working with Asian Americans in field placement has given in insight that many do not fit the
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