Critique Of The Self Awareness Workbook For Social Workers By Juliet Rothman

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Preface In the preface of The Self-Awareness Workbook for Social Workers by Juliet Rothman, we find that in the social work field one encounters a very diverse community of individuals in terms of ethnicity, race, religion, mental ability, and so on. There are three main areas of study a social worker must be proficient in to provide effective guidance for their clients- a strong knowledge base, a range of professional skills, and self-awareness. To accurately use the knowledge base taught in school, the social worker must keep in mind the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of their clients (Rothman, 1999, p. xiii). This awareness of cultural differences very much depends on the location of the school or practice location. For example, a social worker in Los Angeles will have to keep in mind of differences between cultures of Mexicans versus Americans. Additionally, one must acquire many professional skills to effectively work with clients. They must talk to the client in a sensitive way, making sure to keep in mind the diversity of their clients. Finally, social workers must be in touch with themselves and be very self-aware all the while keeping in mind that their view of the world is the effect of their own personal experiences and that they may have biases that come with that perspective. In the end, the goal of social work, as a profession, is awareness (Rothman, 1999, p.xiv); and, with increased awareness comes increased openness to new ideas and perspectives (Rothman,…

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