islam - Cultural Competency Understanding and Relating to...

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Cultural Competency Understanding and Relating to Arab/Muslim community Presented By Arab American Family Services Grant provided by Retirement Research Foundation 2007-2008
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WHO is AAFS • Bi-lingual/Bi-Cultural comprehensive social service organization • Started with 2. ..now 20 staff • Case Management Department • Elderly Department • Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Department • Immigration Department
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AAFS in Pictures
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Keep in Mind • Immigrant (whole family) • Children of immigrant parents • First Generation • Second Generation • Assimilation
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Major Concerns of Arab/Muslim Community Mental Illness Developmental Delay Learning Disability ADD/ADHD Child Abuse Arranged marriages Sexual activity of their kids Alcohol and Drug use Domestic Violence/Divorce/child custody Sexual Abuse DCFS Gender issues Elder Abuse Visiting the Sick
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What‘s Our Role? • Police Departments/Legal Services/Courts • Hospitals/Health Care Providers • Mental Health Providers • Social Service Providers • Park Districts • Schools/Teachers/Administrations • DCFS • Elder Abuse Services • Just curious
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What is Culture? • Historically thought to be a pattern of beliefs, values, thoughts, norms, etc….transmitted from generation to generation • Problem with this definition?
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Defining Culture? • Race • Ethnicity • Sexuality • Religion • Age • Class • Immigration Status • Disability Status
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What is Cultural Competency? • Individual and institutional sensitivity and implementation. • Acceptance of and respect for differences • Continues self-assessment of cultural differences and commonalities -When you think that we are the same— look for the differences, when you feel there are many differences—look for commonalities.
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Keep in Mind… • Cultural identity can be contradictory and multi-faceted. – A person might be Arab but not speak Arabic or might be Muslim but not practice the religion
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Remember… • Define culture with a reflective and open mind • Be aware of one‘s biases • Recognize that diversity exists both within and between culture
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Cultural Misinformation is… • Referring to historical information about a group of people and applying it as a generalization • Limiting what we can see and understand about an individual • Describing how most people in a group supposedly behave and how they should behave
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Becoming Culturally Competent • This does NOT mean learning everything there is to know about the other culture or accommodating everyone • It DOES mean understanding ourselves.
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Arab 101
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• Arab…is a cultural and linguistic designation. It also holds a geographical as well as historical identity for over 300 million Arabs in 22 Countries – Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. – Not a Race…
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