Practice with Diverse Populations: Tools for Cultural Competence
Author: Jayshree Jani, Ph.D.
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Course Created: 2014
Practice Level: Indroductory
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Jayshree Jani, Ph.D.
Jayshree Jani, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned her BA in Spanish from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, her MSW from Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and Washington, DC and has worked with predominantly Spanish-speaking clients at the micro and macro levels, as a policy advocate on capitol hill, and a youth and family counselor. Her clinical work has focused on the dynamics and challenges of newly immigrated individuals and families. Dr. Jani’s professional interests include best practices with immigrant and refugee populations, the use of critical theory in social work, and the integration of cross cultural research in social work education, practice, theory, and social policy.
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Over 13% of the U.S. population is foreign-born and millions more are the children of immigrants and refugees. Immigrants and refugees of the 21st century are more diverse than ever before, presenting a unique set of challenges for practitioners. This course provides an introduction to the information and skills necessary for practice with diverse populations. The course is designed to help the learner develop knowledge regarding the contextual factors which affect immigrants’ and other diverse populations’ well-being, and build practice skills to respond to their needs and particular patterns of help seeking.
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- List the contextual factors which influence the well-being of immigrants and refugees, and other diverse populations.
- Describe the different ways in which the value systems of non-dominant populations influence their patterns of help-seeking behavior.
- Explain the importance of self-awareness and self-understanding for successful practice with diverse populations.
- Self-Awareness in Culturally Competent Practice
- Awareness of the Limitations of Theoretical Foundations
- Use of An Alternative Critical Framework
- Understanding Clients’ Worldview & Creating Culturally Appropriate Interventions
- Kleinman’s Tool to Elicit Culturally Specific Health and Mental Health Beliefs
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