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must have education and experience that qualifies them and adapt, rather display cultural respect. An example of showing cultural respect would be to have a hair covered or long skirt when the culture dictates these are signs of a respected woman.Another aspect of competence is boundaries and additional assistance. I want to expand on the expand on the idea brought up by Ajia in the video Life of a social worker, "don't create a dual relationship with a client". Our clients are sharing very personal information, and we develop trust and empathy. The bestexample was in my BSW program, we as social workers are friendly, but we arenot friends (with our clients). The client needs to know that the relationship with the social worker is the empowerment of the client not personal relationship development with the professional. We should let our clients
know, that they might see us in the community, and we if spoken to will keep the encounter brief, so not to break confidentiality.Regarding additional assistance, this is trusting our gut, when it feels wrong, it often is. An example I just went through this week was a client did not respondto her door or phone for our regularly scheduled tri-weekly visit. I waited about 15 min, called the non-emergency police to complete a wellness check. The police arrived and knocked on her door. She did not respond, and I very directly told them to announce themselves as police. I also reminded them thatthis is 2017 and people do not just open their doors to anyone. THEN she stated she had fallen and could not get up. The police had maintenance open the door. The client was severely dehydrated, and the police attempted to help her up from the floor. I immediately intervened and again directly asked for them to send an EMT since they are qualified for any medical results from a fall. The additional assistance is in the face of authority(police) be fearless to advocate for the best care (EMT) for our clients.Laureate Education (Producer). (2011). The Life of a Social Worker[Video file]. Retrieved from Robbins, S. P., Chatterjee, P., & Canda, E. R. (2012). Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.ReplyQuoteEmail AuthorHide 7 repliesMessage UnreadMark as UnreadMessage Not FlaggedSet Flag1 month agoAccess the profile card for user: Pagan PotterPagan Potter RE: Discussion - Week 6COLLAPSEKarla, I enjoyed reading your post and taking in the information you provided as I completely agree with these competencies as well regarding boundaries. When I was earlier in my career, I didn't understand the importance of not having a dual relationship with client or understand why this was such a huge impact on social workers. Now working in the field for 6 years, it is very clear
to me why this is put in place and that maintaining boundaries is extremely important!