Review the NASW Code of Ethics by clicking on About NASW in the main navigation. scroll down to “Ethics” and choose Code of Ethics.
Review the content on Ecological Theory provided in the article by Lau and Ng (2014). You can find this article using Online Campus Library Services (OCLS).
Select a case study, scenario, or situation that occurred recently in your practicum that relates to diversity, marginalization, cultural competence, and/or personal bias.
Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following discussion questions or prompts:
Briefly describe your case study, scenario, or situation that occurred recently in your practicum, providing specific examples of the marginalized or oppressed clientele with whom you are working, along with the situation. This can be a situation you have been directly involved with or have heard about through others at the agency.
Apply the ecological theory or perspective to your marginalized/oppressed clients. Explain how this theory assists you in not only understanding why they are marginalized/oppressed, but also how you can seek to reduce marginalization/oppression (locally or nationally). Be sure to explain relevant aspects of the theory and to cite sources from course materials or other professional literature in your responses.
Describe how you are working to be aware of your biases and how they may affect your interactions with this clientele. Be specific about how you are or can use reflection, supervision, research, etc. to assist you.
How, specifically, are you improving/advancing your cultural competency with this clientele? Give an example.
What are you proud of in your work with this clientele when it comes to cultural competency? What can you do differently? Be specific in your responses to these questions.
- Watch the videos, Do All Religions Lead to God? and Are You Tolerant?
- Based on the videos, explain your thoughts on the exclusivity, truth claims, arrogance of believing in truth and tolerance. How might you apply these ideas when discussing issues with clients or others? Be specific.
- Give an example of how you have seen postmodernism or the rejection of Ultimate truth play out in the real world around you or how it has affected social work theory or practice.
- What have you been taught to believe about truth and where it comes from? How do you think this affects your work and decision making as a social worker?
- What source or sources of authority do you use when deciding what is true, right, or wrong? (The Bible? Yourself? Friends? Another book, person, political view, etc.) Explain which is the most important in your decision making and why?