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1 CULTURAL COMPETENCE Cultural Competence Ashley Heiges Walden University SOCW 6111-4 June 21 st , 2020
2 CULTURAL COMPETENCE Cultural Competence: The Case of Claudia Introduction Cultural competence is an essential part of engaging and assessing children and their concerns. This includes understanding the unique needs of each client and asking how they can be fulfilled. Building and enhancing a therapeutic relationship with clients can be displayed through a dedication to learning about their culture, history, and current environmental factors. Engagement and assessment are critical times in building these relationships and establishing trust with clients in order to gather comprehensive information and implement an effective intervention. Social Issues Two social issues that Claudia faces include a low socioeconomic status that has resulted in residing in a somewhat dangerous neighborhood along with the struggle of her parents trying to obtain legal residency in the United States. Due to Paula’s status of being undocumented, there was hesitation about seeking therapy for Claudia and a culturally competent social worker would need to be aware of the apprehension and distrust that they would be turned in. According to Doshi, Lopez, Mesa, Bryce, Rabinowitz, Rion, and Fleming (2020), the fear of deportation is a significant factor among undocumented immigrants that influence access to as well as utilization of healthcare services which signals possible high level of unmet needs. With this avoidance of services, immigrants sacrifice their own health as well as the health of their family members because the benefits of remaining in the country outweigh the risk of being turned in at that time. The low socioeconomic status that Claudia faces affects her environment and who she is able to surround herself with. Mendoza, Dmitrieva, Perreira, Hurwich-Resiss, and Watamura (2017) discussed that the added risk of facing immigration status stress while also facing economic
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