So making sure that i keep an open mind and not judge

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1 month ago Rachelle Dillaman RE: Discussion 1 - Week 2 COLLAPSE Being culturally competent as a social worker is important to serve the client to the best of the social workers ability. One of the skills that a social worker needs when working with families that come from diverse populations is self-awareness. As a social worker we must not only be aware of our limitations but also those of the families we are working with. Our text discusses how self-awareness is needed to help eliminate biases that we as the social worker may have (Kirst&Hull,2018). The Code of Ethics for social workers created by the NASW also discusses the need for self-awareness as part of ethical practice(NASW,2015). This is one of the primary skills that I believe as a social worker working with multiple families from multiple backgrounds. If I am not aware of my own biases I could unintentionally cause emotional harm to family and hinder the working relationship. I think another important skill will be the willingness to learn. The social worker is not all knowing and can not pretend to be. The families that I am working with are the best resource for learning about their culture. I need to be willing to ask them and listen to what they say. When a social worker asks the family about their culture they are going to learn more from that family than they are from a text book. There are many other skills that I will need to know when working with a family but these two skills are going to allow me to become more culturally competent in general when working with families from many different backgrounds. References Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2018). Understanding generalist practice (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning Standards and Indicators for cultural competence in Social work Practice (2015), NASW Retrieved from REPLY QUOTE EMAIL AUTHOR
1 month ago Elizabeth McDowell RE: Discussion 1 - Week 2 COLLAPSE Culturally competent means to educating yourself on a culture or population. There are a number of ways this can be done. One way that I stay culturally competent on the different cultures and dynamics we serve in the military is to stay up to date on military regulations. In the past few years, we have seen changes in "Don't ask, Don't tell" which has given people the opportunity to be open about their sexual preferences and get married to the same sex. This has brought a new patient load into the clinic and we must understand our patients to help them get to the resolution of their problems. Self-awareness is key in being a good social worker. It's important to continue to educate yourself by reading and keeping up to date with laws, current data, and new research/journal articles on these topics. Also, being culturally competent might mean understanding differences in body language, tone or manner in different cultures. With a disabled patient, it's important to get to know your patient's limits and their preferences. A good way to do this initially is to ask your patient questions before taking actions. For

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