Personal Reflection: Social Work With Special Populations

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This course, Social Work with Special Populations, provided me with an excellent opportunity to grow in my journey of becoming a culturally competent social worker. Each assignment, whether it was in class or at home, had its own impact. For example, the in-class videos we were shown and the discussions we had provided me with visuals and real-life examples of the challenges individuals from other cultures face. Additionally, learning about the curative factors and existential elements was very helpful as well. I work best when I’m provided with step-by-step guidelines and I feel as if I will benefit by using the existential approach in my career as a social worker. These two assignments we had over the course of the semester have been very …show more content…
Before completing this assignment, I had a difficult time immersing myself with people who were different than me solely because I had a hard time being comfortable with being uncomfortable. I also wasn’t aware of the biases I held toward particular groups. This assignment allowed me to become more conscious of these biases and encouraged me to create a plan of action so that I can work to overcome them. In addition, it gave me the opportunity to interview an individual from a culture that I’m not comfortable with. After interviewing Shel Boas from the Yellow Deli, I discovered that all the biases I held toward her culture came from stereotypes and other things I’ve heard about it. This project showed me how powerful a simple conversation can be. After completing the cultural awareness immersion assignment, I discovered the beauty of learning about cultures that differ from my own. I’m thankful that this course provided me with this …show more content…
My group and I were responsible for covering material from the elderly adults’ chapter. I didn’t realize how many challenges older adults face. For example, I learned that 1 out of 6 of all elderly adults have been abused or neglected. In addition, this presentation gave me the opportunity to work in a group setting. As a social worker, no matter what area of the profession you choose, you will consistently work with other people of all different races, genders, and ethnicities. Thus, this assignment provided me with excellent practice for the future. Finally, the group chapter presentation gave me the chance to present in front of our class. I’ve always been terrified of public speaking, but I know, as an aspiring social worker, I may be called to testify in court. So, it is good to get as much practice as possible. Overall, the group chapter presentation helped me grow in my journey of becoming a social worker. The critical thinking activity is another assignment I found to be very helpful. Like the chapter presentation, it gave me the opportunity to work in a group setting. In addition, it allowed me to apply the eight curative factors and the four existential elements to a case scenario. I know I’m going to find these tools applicable in many of the future cases I’m assigned to, so I appreciated the extra practice. It was also helpful

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