Personal Statement On Privacy Laws Essay

1712 Words Oct 18th, 2016 7 Pages
Upon first meeting my client, “John Littlebear”, which is not his real name, but I will call him that due to patient privacy laws, I noticed that he had Tribal Insurance, which meant he was from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana. Therefore, I made sure I familiarized myself with the Blackfeet tribal customs before he arrived at the Sleep Center, ensuring I increased my cultural competency (Comstock et al., 2008). With this in mind, in order for social workers to effectively and ethically engage with clients and develop empowered relationships for change, we must first research our client’s background so we are respectful and culturally competent, but remain open, flexible and humble, exercising cultural humility and thus empowering our clients to define themselves and their goals (Chavez & Chavez, 2012: Murphy & Dillon, 2015). Further, even after we have researched our clients, we must embody the “not-knowing perspective”, recognizing our assumptions might be wrong, minimizing our biases, and allowing our clients to be the author of their lives (Murphy & Dillon, 2015, p. 204).
Unfortunately for the middle-aged John Littlebear, he has numerous challenges and limited resources that jeopardize his ability to change and grow. First, on the micro level, he is obese and has hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, depression, and obstructive sleep apnea, which is what brought him to see me at the Sleep Center. In addition to the physical challenges,…

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