While social workers do not have any control over the fact that they have not

While social workers do not have any control over the

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(Rosen, Mccall, & Goodkind, 2017). While social workers do not have any control 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 
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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:10.1080/02615479.2017.1287260 Reply Quote Email Author Message Unread Mark as Unread Message Not Flagged Set Flag 1 month ago Carol Smith RE: Discussion 1 - Week 2 COLLAPSE Roxanne You 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. Reply Quote Email Author Hide 1 reply Message Unread Mark as Unread Message Not Flagged Set Flag 1 month ago
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Access the profile card for user: Roxanne Tracy Roxanne Tracy RE: Discussion 1 - Week 2 COLLAPSE Carol, 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 person in 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 open ourselves up to forming opinions that are not based on fact.
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