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Marta is interviewing for an internship at a nonprofit agency that offers a variety of services to a large urban population. Because the population the agency serves is ethnically and racially diverse, the interviewer asks Marta how she would handle working with racially diverse populations. Marta responds, "Oh, I would treat everyone the same regardless of their race. I would listen to what they have to say and try to meet their needs based on their presenting concern. Everyone has the same types of concerns regardless of race or ethnicity."Marta's response may be well intentioned, but is it the proper response for a social work professional?In your everyday interactions with your clients, once they have presented their concerns, it can be easy to focus on the micro or mezzo work, primarily utilizing your theoretical andpractice behavior skills. As a generalist and clinical social worker, you will rely on your finely tuned knowledge base and skills, on which much of your education will be founded, to effectively work with your clients. But what about meetingtheir needs at the societal level? What does the NASW Code
of Ethics say about social workers' response to diversity and their responsibilities to their clients?This week you will analyze the impact of racism and privilege on your clients and analyze concepts related to racism present in a case study. You will also apply relevant social work skills to that case. Then, you will analyze how discrimination impacts clients of multiple races or ethnicities.Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,... Zuniga, X. (Eds.). (2018).Readings for diversity and social justice(4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge Press.Chapter 12, (pp. 87-96)Chapter 13, (pp. 96-102)Chapter 15, (pp. 106-111)
National Association of Social Workers. (2007). Institutional racism & the social work profession: A call to action. Retrieved from ?fileticket=SWK1aR53FAk%3d&portalid=0Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014).Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].Working With Individuals: The Case of Mary"Working With Individuals: The Case of MaryMary is a 47-year-old, single, heterosexual Caucasian female. She lives with her 52-year-old sister and 87-year-old father in the home in which she was raised. She also has a 45-year-old sister who lives 10 minutes away and a 23-year-
old daughter living on her own. Mary and her family members do not maintain friendships outside the family. Mary has been unable to work for the past 3 years because she says she has felt too frightened to go too far from her home. As a result, she has been financially reliant on her family members for these last few years. Prior to this lapse inemployment, she had been a school bus driver and an administrative assistant at a warehouse distribution center.