National Association Of Social Workers Essay

1188 Words Sep 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Introduction As professionals, social workers must adhere to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. The importance of cultural competency is highlighted in code 1.05 Cultural Competence and Social Diversity which states that social workers should have an understanding of cultural strengths in order to provide culturally sensitive and competent services (National Association of Social Workers [NASW], 2008). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, individuals of racial minority populations such as African American individuals underuse mental health services in comparison to Caucasian individuals due to factors such as stigmas surrounding mental health, and access barriers (2001). Moreover, mental health and mental illness in minority individuals are often exacerbated and worsened due to experience factors such as racism and discrimination (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001). Moreover, individuals of racial minority populations are more likely to delay seeking mental health services and treatment (McGuire & Miranda, 2008), leading to increase in likelihood of receiving involuntary mental health services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001). The California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 5150 states that qualified officers and clinicians are allowed to place individuals with suspected mental illness who are of grave danger to self and others in involuntary psychiatric confinement…

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