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SOCW 6101: Essential Skills for Social Work PracticeInterview Presentation, Week 6Clarissa R. MurphyWalden University1/5/2020
Basic Background InformationCheriden Kirven, is a 38-year-old heterosexual, African American Female and US citizen. She is currently separated from her husband and going through a divorce, has no children, resides in Paris Texas, not currently disabled, Moderate democrat and Christianity / non-denominational is her religion. Her race is specified as black and her skin color is brown.
Summary of Interview Mrs. Kirven has never traveled outside of the United States. Her culture is identified as African and Native American. She has strong values and beliefs that were instilled in her by her mother and immediate family. She has a strong religious foundation and her church community is very important to her. She feels completely excepted within her church family. She is family-oriented, and holidays are extremely important. Her family is all over the United States and holidays reunite them several times a year. She was raised by a single mother. Within her family she identifies as the per say, the black sheep.Her cultural background and traditions appear to be very traditional and she doesn’t feel that the outside community/ society view her culture as non-traditional. She is currently secluded, living in a remote part of the city, without children and going through a divorce.
DiscriminationMrs. Kirven explained an instance where she felt discriminated against. Her soon to be ex-husband was white and she is African American. She is part of a small town and it is not often you see bi-racial relationships. She and her ex-husband were at the grocery store and an elderly woman standing in line asked if she had children? Mrs. Kirven shook her head no. The elderly woman said, good you shouldn’t reproduce. At first, she was hurt and offended by this woman’s words, for she knew what she was referring to. After speaking with her immediate family and church community, she was still discouraged by her comment. Her church family did educate her on how history repeats itself and generational beliefs are passed down. The woman clearly was ignorant and not understanding of cultural norms in today's