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Cultural Competence SOCW 6111: Advanced Clinical Social Work PracticeCultural Competence In the social work profession, it is extremely important that clinicians remember to respect a client’s culture when engaging with clients and building rapport. For social workers to be culturally competent, they need to be conscious of the preferences, values, actions, and
expressions of both the client and the surrounding community(Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2012). There are too many cultures to be culturally aware of every culture that we as clinicians might come across, however social workers must have the resources and be willing to put effort into educating themselves about those they are not familiar with and are working with in the field. The Case of ClaudiaClaudia is a 6-year-old Hispanic female from Nicaragua. She is a US citizen, who was born six months after her parents, who are undocumented immigrants, arrived in the America (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). Because of their immigration status, Claudia's parents have a difficult time financially. Claudia's mother is employed part time in a nail salon while her father is a manual laborer. While they have no family in the US, they are friendly with others in the neighborhood that they live in. Claudia’s family resides in a high poverty area that has a high