Social Work In The Hmong Community

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The population of the community: In the United States, 17.3 million of the population identified themselves as Asian and/or Pacific Islander heritage (as cited by U.S Census, 2010). Of those 17.3 million many of the Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, and Hmong Americans reside in California (as cited by U.S. Census, 2010). Social workers must be culturally competent to service the needs of all clients in the Hmong community. Through the use of multicultural counseling, social workers will be able to build rapport with clients and their families. After the rapport is established, social workers will then be able to implement and promote services for the Hmong community. This paper will be discussing different factors as to why Hmong do not seek medical …show more content…
When they first arrived in the United States, the government had arranged it to where the many Hmong families were scattered around the country. For many, everything was new and they were alienated from their homeland. Hmong American immigrants are now struggling with chronic acculturation. The Westernized therapeutic technique doesn’t work in the Hmong community because of their cultural beliefs. Emotional expression and mental illnesses in the Hmong culture is view as a weakness, therefore, social workers have to understand the Hmong culture beliefs and find new techniques to help counsel the Hmong community. Hmong are more comfortable with expressing their thoughts instead of their feelings. Hmong choose not to seek help because they are uncomfortable with expressing and exploring their feelings and because they culturally believe that seeking help is a sign of …show more content…
As Fresno community become increasing diverse, cultural competence is essential. Thus, social workers must have awareness, knowledge, and skills to help the needs of the Hmong clients’ population who is seeking help. As a minority, I believe that multicultural counseling can greatly impact the lives of clients. In regards to counseling with Hmong clients, multicultural social workers should use religious and spiritual traditions when working with Hmong clients to effectively build rapport and trust with the client and client’ families. They are able to share about their family and cultural background, once social worker are able to gain information and cultural knowledge about the client, the social worker can then begin to implement their use of multiculturalism with clients.
To be recognized as a cultural competent social worker, social workers must: know about their client’s cultural background, know and be aware of their own personal values and biases, and use appropriate techniques and skills when working with diverse clients to help implement appropriate interventions for their client. With my cultural background, I will be able to connect with Asian clients and families and establish rapport and trust. Thus, the social worker will need to look forward to providing clients with guidance through appropriate interventions and

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