Self Awareness In Social Work

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As competent and ethical social workers, we strive to meet the clients where they are at, however, we ourselves need to be aware and acknowledge where we are at in terms of our own biases, vulnerabilities, traumatic events, cultural values and personal experiences. To effectively provide the best possible services, we have to be self-aware of our own vulnerabilities and do our own work to ensure we do not further harm the clients. Self-awareness is an ongoing process. We are constantly growing and experiencing new things, we ebb and flow, confirming or revoking set beliefs and biases or creating new ones. Therefore, as ethical social workers, it is our obligation to practice mindfulness and self-awareness. Working with traumatized individuals and their families is challenging, even if one practices mindfulness. Personal vulnerabilities that I have to be mindful of while working with traumatized individuals and their families are my power and privilege. I am privileged to be a citizen of the United States of America, have the opportunity to obtain a higher education, and be in a position of power where people value my professional opinion, which influences the fate of my clients. Being mindful of my power and privilege will prevent me from evaluating traumatized individuals and their families solely through my own cultural lens, which Fontes (2008) describes as ethnocentrism. My American cultural lens of individualism, speaking English fluently, having transportation,
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