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(Rosen, Mccall, & Goodkind, 2017). While social workers do not have anycontrol over the fact that they have not experienced the prejudices or oppression that certain cultures and groups have experienced, they can, however, educate themselves and conduct the research necessary to gain the understanding of the discrimination and prejudice that certain
groups face every day in America and around the world. So, it is not professionally responsible just to be 'competent', we must practice cultural sensitivity, humility, and competence. An analogy would be a mechanic, who has mastered the curriculum and book work, but cannot use a wrench when it comes to the hands-on exercises. I feel the project endeavor that we are about to take on, as a class, is how we should approach cultural sensitivity, humility and competence. Gaining experience is an integral part of being a social-worker and we must try to be perfect in our practices. Rosen, D., Mccall, J., & Goodkind, S. (2017). Teaching critical self-reflection through the lens of cultural humility: An assignment in a social work diversity course.Social Work Education,36(3), 289-298. doi:10.1080/02615479.2017.1287260ReplyQuoteEmail AuthorMessage UnreadMark as UnreadMessage Not FlaggedSet Flag1 month agoCarol Smith RE: Discussion 1 - Week 2COLLAPSERoxanneYou are correct we will never know ever culture however knowledge of your clients demographics and beliefs can play an important role in providing assistant. Dealing with mentally ill clients could potentially present a problem.We must get personal information from other family members in order to gain cultural competence. ReplyQuoteEmail AuthorHide 1 replyMessage UnreadMark as UnreadMessage Not FlaggedSet Flag1 month ago
Access the profile card for user: Roxanne TracyRoxanne Tracy RE: Discussion 1 - Week 2COLLAPSECarol,In my post I was not implying that I would not do an assessment. In clinical practice it is the first thing you are going to do. The assessment will include background, culture, medical history, and the list goes on. When you take into consideration the many cultures that exist in this world it is not possible to know every nuance of every culture. That is why as a social worker one has to be a detective as well. Taking the task of being a social worker as a career choice implies that you will be many things. A historian, a seeker of knowledge,a detective as I just mentioned. Yet, it should not be assumed that every personin the field is going to know every culture. That is not practical nor possible. We have to know our limitations and our knowledge weakness's or we can openourselves up to forming opinions that are not based on fact.