The Perils And Opportunities Of Knowing Your Personal Values, And Cultural Background

982 WordsFeb 25, 20164 Pages
I have already discussed the perils and opportunities of knowing your personal values, and cultural background, but now I want to discuss something that is often overlooked when conducting a self-inventory, our communication style. Communication style varies from social worker to social worker, and the way that communication is being received varies from client to client. Therefore, it is very important that a social worker is mindful of his or her own communication style. As we learn to hone and grow our communication skills we must also be able to adapt to the intellectual level and needs of our clients. Therefore, a social worker must be well versed in all types of communication styles and this starts with a having a great knowledge base of self-awareness, which includes personal values and cultural identity. The way we communicate effects our clients in one way or another. For example, I am a very assertive person and therefore my communication style reflects that. By being assertive, I am able to be an active listener, while stating observations without passing judgment. I am able to express limits and expectations to my clients, without over reaching. Communication is more than words there are also nonverbal cues and body language. For example, I tend to sit back, demonstrating a confident and relaxed posture. I also maintain direct eye contact, while conversing with my clients (this is also dependent on the client’s cultural customs). As the client begins to speak I
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