- Subject index
This book describes an advanced generalist approach to direct social work practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Intervention paradigms that include psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic, existential and transpersonal are presented as the four sources of social work.
Chapter 3: Issues in Advanced Generalist Assessment
Issues in Advanced Generalist Assessment
Sensitivity to Client/System Diversity
The strategy that most social worker educators use today to foster sensitivity to diversity in their practice is to teach the characteristics of the various populations they serve. Knowledge of common characteristics of people of a particular gender, age, sexual preference, race, or culture can, of course, help a worker understand the possible strengths and limitations of a client. Unfortunately, even the well-intentioned worker can make errors in assessment by assuming that any unique client has the characteristics that the textbook says the client has. For example, one student was taught in school to never look directly in the eyes of people from a particular ethnic minority population. He tried to avoid eye ...