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1 Cultural Competence: The Case of Claudia Walden University SOCW 6111 - Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I Fall 2018
2 Cultural Competence: The Case of Claudia In this particular case study, the social worker provides therapy services for 6-year-old Claudia. Claudia has developed fear and anxiety due to witnessing a mugging in her neighborhood (Plummer, et al., 2014b). Claudia goes to a public school and lives with her mother and father in a socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood with a high crime rate. Her parents are undocumented immigrants from Nicaragua and they have no family support nearby, but some community support (Plummer, et al., 2014b). Claudia is bilingual in Spanish and English. Two social issues related to this case that inform a culturally competent social worker, include socioeconomic status and undocumented immigration status. In regards to socioeconomic status, the social worker is aware that Claudia and her family live in an impoverished neighborhood where crime is high. So, the social worker has to work with Claudia and her family in a way that helps to decrease and/or eliminate her fear and anxiety of bad things happening, without diminishing the awareness the family needs to have towards crime in the neighborhood. According to Pearlman, Zierler, Gjelsvik, & Verhoek-Oftedahl (2004) (as cited in “Children, Youth, Families and Socioeconomic Status”, n.d.), “All family members living in poverty are more likely to be victims of violence. Racial and ethnic minorities who are also of

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