Monday, June 6, 2011

Human Diversity

The term diversity defined differences that are the result of factors other than a person of origin. In the United States there are certain groups that are not always thought of as distinct cultures but each case, there members share a world view that differs in important ways from that of the mainstream or dominant cultures. Some of these groups include African Americans, Native Americans, and groups with distinct characteristics based in their life style and experiences with discrimination and prejudices.
Diversity is common due to the many world view differences are the results of factors other than a person’s country or origin. Certain groups thought of distinct cultures. Their members share a world view that is different in many ways. This podcast will look at explore the elderly, homosexuals, person with physical difficulties and individuals with HIV diseases.
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Discrimination refers to negative behaviors that are directed towards people based on their certain characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, or gender. The term prejudice refers to negative attitudes towards other people or groups and may or may not include behavior manifestations. As a social worker we cannot discriminate and refuse service to anyone based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation or any other similar characteristics.
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Stereotypes are defined as popular beliefs about a specific social group or type of individual. Stereotypes are standardized and simplify conceptions of groups based on some prior assumptions. Cross-cultural counseling occurs whenever the cultural heritage of the counselor and the client differ. In order for counseling to be effective cultural differences must be attended to.
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Counselors and health care providers require special training if they are to practice with cultural competence in one or more cultures that is different from their own. Acculturation is defined as the process of adopting traits of another culture, including its beliefs, attitudes, values, and language. Racial or ethnic identify refers to sense of collected identity based on the perception that one shares common racial ethnic heritage with particular group.
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Clients need to engaging behavior that will help them conduct good behavior, such as eating, working out, and being active. Because of depression others may turn to substance abuse and fall into a deep depression. A good social worker should be an outlet and help train the client in communication skills by having the client interact with other individuals, as a result of this the client will disclose more information and loose the fear of rejection.

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When working with client who differs from your own culture, the worker should openly acknowledge his awareness of the differences between ones self and the client and actively support and explore as opposed to the client. If the client has any concerns about the cultural differences the worker should address them immediately.  A client from a different culture may report an agencies behavior if what happens between the work and the client is upsetting. It is best for them worker to study the particular culture they will be in contact with while at a particular agency.
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Social displacement theory proposes that immigrants and refuges usually feel happy and optimistic when they arrive in the United States. There after experience, depression, confusion and frustration. There are likely to display the most serve mental health problems at the end of the first year through the third year after moving to the U.S. Immigrants may suffer PSTD. In terms of world view, you should know that among African Americans the family traditionally like both nuclear and extend family members. Children are taught to respect and obey there adults and elders. Children come independent often early. Gender roles tend to be flexible. Despite their difference there is a deep sense of mutual responsibility. This is consider a strength and contributor to self-esteem and is believe arise from long experiences with discrimination and poverty
What is most interesting about this podcast?
In my opinion this podcast was interesting as a whole, because everyone has witnessed discrimination in one form or another. As a social worker we must keep in mind the code of ethics and be non-judgmental in working with our clients. Discrimination against a client can cause major consequence for the worker as well as they agency.
What can you share with other students about this podcast?
If I were to share information from this podcast, it would be to always be non-judgmental when working with a client. In my opinion if the social worker cannot avoid discrimination or judging clients then I believe that social work is not a field for that person. In conclusion studying the client population of a given area where they agency of practice is located is always a good idea. The social worker should know what type of cliental they will be working with beforehand so discrimination or cross cultural differences won’t be an issue

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