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Cultural Competence: The Case of Claudia SOCW 6111: Advanced Clinical Walden University Hoa Pham
Cultural Competence Kirst-Ashman & Hull (2015) defines cultural competence as “the set of knowledge and skills that a social worker must develop in order to be effective with multicultural clients” (Kirst- Ashman & Hull, 2015). In the social work profession, it is important for social workers to be culturally competent in order to work with clients of different backgrounds. The National Association of Social Workers (2017) outlines the ethical standard that professionals should be culturally competent (NASW, 2017). 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, 2015). Although there is an abundance of cultures present in the United States, it is impossible for an individual social worker to be culturally competent in every culture. However, there are tools and resources that allows the social worker to learn and educate themselves to learn details that will help them engage and work with clients. Describe two social issues related to the course-specific case study for Claudia that inform a culturally competent social worker.
Claudia’s family struggles economically (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). Her

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