The Pros And Cons Of Stereotypes In Social Work

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Counselling is a major part of any type of social work, there is a group session or individual session if one prefers. Each counselling session is different from another, each person seeking advice from a professional has a different situation compared to the next. People seek professional help when they want advice on certain situations that going on in their lives at that given time. During any form of counselling you have to build a rapport with your service user, which takes time, most people do not open up easily to strangers, and that’s totally fine. The service user might not trust you right away, but after a few sessions and time they will eventually open up and start to understand you are there to provide them with an outside perspective …show more content…
First impressions are everything, especially when you are meeting someone new, within the first thirty-seconds of seeing someone, you think that you have their whole back story figured out. In social work you should never judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately that’s the world we live in, stereotyping is something every human being does; it’s something that we have learned to do since we were young, it comes naturally. Being in a social service atmosphere you should try your best not to prejudge your service user, because they can totally surprise you with what they bring to the table. Before our service user walked into the room we did have a very broad overview of what we thought he was coming in to talk about. It mentioned something to do with carding and the cops recommended that he go see a social worker. That being said; as soon as Peter walked in the room, the first thing I noticed was that he was an able-bodied African-American male who was not too tall or too short. He looked very young, and I’d say around seventeen or eighteen. He was clean shaven, looked very health and average weight for …show more content…
When you take your lived experience and bring it into your practice, you have to be careful to not judge your service users experience like your own, not everyone has a support system, or mental capacity, stubbornness to get through specific situation. In addition you never want to take away from the client’s experience, they are the reason you have a job, they are not coming to see you so that you can talk about your experience. As a social worker you always have to be careful with not being triggered by familiarities you and the service user have in common. Peter has been through a lot in his young life, he has moved from another

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