Getting to Know the Piece of Fluff in Our Ears: Expanding Practitioners' Cultural Self-Awareness

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Abstract

Israel being a multicultural society with a variety of ethnic groups, the delivery of culturally competent services is a crucial issue in social work practice. This paper describes the outcomes of a training model for cultural competence applied with social work graduate students in Israel. The model, based on work with immigrants' narratives, increased the cultural self-awareness of the trainees. Presented are conceptual and technical aspects of the training model as well as outcomes of an evaluation study. Fifty-one trainees submitted a short account of their personal experiences following the training. The reports indicated expansion in the trainees' cultural self-awareness: awareness of their own and their families' immigration experiences as well as of other transitions in their lives. Training elements that made this outcome possible are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-638
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work Education
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Cultural Self-Awareness
  • Migration
  • Training

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