A leader needs to adapt to situations and use techniques that are inclusive in order to avoid conflict and aids decision-making. Building relationships, considering others feelings and celebrating their successes with them can maintain strong leadership. By encouraging my team to participate in the decision making process I empower them, which inspires job satisfaction this reduces conflict, poor time keeping and absenteeism. I need to be able to help my staff team understand the need for change and I do this by being clear about my aims and objectives, the actions required and the part they need to play. Sometimes I need to take control especially where health and safety is concerned, these policies and procedures me adhered to at all times.
Who I identify as, including identifying as a social worker once I graduate, will have some level privilege and power attached to the chosen identities. Gelfand, Sillivan, and Steinhouse (2002) noted that there are may dimensions that influence our personal and professional relationships with others, and these dimensions shape how we see and interact with, include or exclude them, and ways that we oppress or discriminate against them. As a social worker whose clients share my same identity, we may benefit by my having a shared understanding of cultural norms and expectations to reach a common goal. For clients who share commonalities with me, we may benefit by being able to work more collaboratively and possibly a more trusting relationship than one that must be built over time. However, just as similarities can be empowering, I must remember that the client knows best despite our shared identities that may speak otherwise.
The community has symbols that creates meaning, also contributing to their identification, because of those symbols a social worker get to be able to work with clients. STRENGTH The relationship between meaning of symbols and a person’s behavior, this theory provides a bond between how an individual behaves is related to the meaning of objects and events. Provides the ability to understand small scale human interaction, it enables the understanding of family interaction. Recognizes that beliefs and opinions of reality are changeable, the belief people have on something can actually change and become part of reality. Considers the social environment in which learning takes place.
In social care, we work with some of society’s most vulnerable people. For a practitioner to best support an individual they must first be able to care for themselves. There is huge value in being aware of who we are, our strengths and our areas for improvement. This can directly affect the relationships and experiences we have with ourselves, clients, and our peers in social care practice. For this assignment, I will look at the importance of ‘the self’ and personal and professional development in social care.
Cultural competence has been defined as “the ability of individuals to establish effective interpersonal and working relationships that supersede cultural differences” by recognizing the importance of social and cultural influences on patients, considering how these factors interact, and devising interventions that take these issues into account(Lee,Buse,&Fustukian,2002). In a diverse world, when developing life changing policies culture must be considered. Policies can be influenced by culture in many different ways. Involving culture in policy development can be benefitcal because it considers. Cultural competence, is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures, helps to ensure the needs of all community members are addressed(Lee,Buse,&Fustukian,2002).
After reading chapter one through six of The Cultural Nature of Human Development by Barbara Rogoff, I came across many concepts for understanding cultural practices relate to human development in ways of thinking, remembering, reasoning, and solving problems. However, the three concepts that will affect my future professional life are: chapter two, (1) ethnocentrism. Chapter four: (2) Family and Community Role Specializations. Finally, chapter six: (3) Independence versus interdependence with Autonomy. Ethnocentrism: this issue will certainly affect how I work with patients, the patient’s families and also coworkers.
There are many social work skills that are important to implement especially in a group setting. The social worker facilities and set the tone in for the group. Genuineness, acceptance, respect, trustworthiness, empathy, sensitivity to diversity, and purposefulness are essential are important skills to imply in social work practice (DuBois, Miley, & O ' Melia, 2013). A key skill that I would adapt and use in the substance abuse group and to encourage Kali to join the group. Implementing respect within the substance abuse group will teach the group and Kai how to respect each other and themselves.
The main reasons for using group work in social work are meeting people’s need to belong and using mutual aid for empowerment while developing personal growth, enhancing social functioning, social goals and promoting social justice. The group worker main objective is to engage the group in activities that facilitate the overall growth and development of the group and of each member. There are two main types of groups namely treatment groups and task groups (Sowk unit 7 pg. 257). Group work is assists social workers through the use of intervention methods to provide assistance to help individual members to cope with and resolve existing problems in their psychosocial functioning, prevent anticipated problems, or maintain an acceptable level of functioning in situations.
A health professional should understand their own culture, such as their naturally occurring stereotypes. Health care workers should be able to accept different cultural beliefs to create an understanding work environment. A healthcare workforce can achieve cultural competence by accepting new information and knowledge and having the ability to respect different perspectives. Engagement can be demonstrated through the intention to engage leading to the process of engagement and thus eliciting outcomes such as empathy, where participants in Soulé’s (2014) study understood flexibility, such as listening not hearing and being a learner and a professional, was needed for communication. The application is the combination of knowledge and skills that aid a workforce to include, respond to and negotiate.
For example, if a boss or coworker in a workplace starts to generate situations difficult for you, you need to talk about the possibilities with your family and friends to confront them. From this a sense of security is developed from getting additional opinions and sharing your feelings. In comparison, rumors act in the same light. We need to structure these uncertain feelings so that we can gain a grasp on what is happening with our surroundings. It’s a natural human defense
Sheila, Julie, Krystle, and Zaid, Interesting discussion about Culture and treatment, I agree that with some cultures it’s shameful for them to seek help outside a family member or someone from that same culture. A traumatic event is not an isolated event perceived equally by those who experience it. Rather, cultural values play an important role in making sense of a trauma within a particular cultural context. I like the idea of working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team can be very beneficial for the client. And as such, a counsellor must develop a deep understanding of these cultural values in order to be effective in treatment and for families to feel understood and accepted.
Identifying myself as a professional representative for those who require access to social work services is imperative to my field. The competency of my knowledge with the NASW core values and guiding principles will help me preserve the social work reputation and will give confidence to the public in our abilities to provide services in the many areas of this diverse profession. Investing my time in developing professional expertise through continuing educations, seminars, and conventions will help me build up myself as a specialist. Similarly, reading new information in social work practices and keeping inform of government programs will help me expand my knowledge in order to provide proficient services. As a result, other specialists
Society and a workplace are influenced by social, political and cultural beliefs. These are based upon experiences of which are changeable. Throughout our lives, we develop these beliefs. In the article “Embracing Diversity for A Healthy Workplace,” the author Robyn Harris gives a reflection to help identify areas that can improve personal and social awareness. Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community in this article as he discusses how beliefs impact on diversity and different cultural groups.
As I mature into a professional social worker, I will rely on informal feedbacks from my fellow worker; to help me accept constructive criticism during communicated feedbacks towards my performance. In other words, when I achieve a goal or objective that is recognized by my supervisor, peers, or clients, I will use the feedback to motivate myself towards building more challenging, but achievable goals in the near future. I believe this evaluation mechanism will help me gain confidence in my work as well as perming me to generate positive working energy towards the client, agency, organization, and the communities receiving my services. For example, during supervised visitations at my senior year placement at Familywise, clients consistently
Being culturally competent as a social worker is a requirement in the field. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics concludes, “Social workers should understand culture and its function in human behavior and society, recognizing the strengths that exist in all cultures” (2008). In the field, social workers encounter individuals of many different ethnic and diverse backgrounds. It is important for social workers to understand the cultural norms of any culture! The reason why is because having this knowledge helps the social worker bridge communication barriers with a foreign individual.