internship at a nonprofit agency

Marta is interviewing for an internship at a nonprofit agency that offers a variety of services to a large urban population. Because the population the agency serves is ethnically and racially diverse, the interviewer asks Marta how she would handle working with racially diverse populations. Marta responds, “Oh, I would treat everyone the same regardless of their race. I would listen to what they have to say and try to meet their needs based on their presenting concern. Everyone has the same types of concerns regardless of race or ethnicity.”

Marta’s response may be well intentioned, but is it the proper response for a social work professional?

In your everyday interactions with your clients, once they have presented their concerns, it can be easy to focus on the micro or mezzo work, primarily utilizing your theoretical and practice behavior skills. As a generalist and clinical social worker, you will rely on your finely tuned knowledge base and skills, on which much of your education will be founded, to effectively work with your clients. But what about meeting their needs at the societal level? What does the NASW Code of Ethics say about social workers’ response to diversity and their responsibilities to their clients?

This week you will analyze the impact of racism and privilege on your clients and analyze concepts related to racism present in a case study. You will also apply relevant social work skills to that case. Then, you will analyze how discrimination impacts clients of multiple races or ethnicities.

Adams,  M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,… Zuniga,  X. (Eds.). (2018). Readings for diversity and social justice (4th ed.).  New York, NY: Routledge Press.
Chapter 12, (pp. 87-96)
Chapter 13, (pp. 96-102)
Chapter 15, (pp. 106-111)

National Association of Social Workers. (2007). Institutional racism & the social work profession: A call to action. Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=SWK1aR53FAk%3d&portalid=0 

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
Working With Individuals: The Case of Mary”

Post an explanation of the relationship between racism and privilege. Furthermore, explain how the concepts of racism and privilege relate to “Working With Individuals: The Case of Mary.” Explain the impact of racism and privilege on social work practice. Provide recommendations for how you as a social worker might use an empowerment perspective when responding to Mary. Be specific and provide examples from the case. Also, identify specific skills social workers might employ.

By Day 5

Respond to at least two colleagues with a critique of their posts and alternative recommendations for how you as a social worker might respond to Mary and her beliefs. Be specific and provide examples from the case. Also, identify specific skills social workers might employ.

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