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In this Discussion, you reflect further on your communication style, the impact on the worker-client relationship, and how to work with different communication styles.

In this Discussion, you reflect further on your communication style, the impact on the worker-client relationship, and how to work with different communication styles.

Discussion 1 (a): Culture and Communication

Have you ever considered how your communication style has been shaped by your culture? How might your verbal and nonverbal communication affect the client-worker relationship? This may depend on whether the client shares a similar or conflicting communication style.

Cultural differences influence how close you stand in a conversation, the gestures you use, the eye contact you maintain, and the significance of silence. These small differences can create big misunderstandings. Therefore, it is important for social workers to understand diverse styles in order to correctly interpret client communication and to avoid potentially offending a client.

In this Discussion, you reflect further on your communication style, the impact on the worker-client relationship, and how to work with different communication styles.

Post your response to the following:

  • Describe your communication style.
  • Explain how your culture influences both your verbal and non-verbal communication styles.
  • Identify any nonverbal messages you might communicate to clients with this style.
  • Describe a specific example when a miscommunication occurred because of a difference in communication style and how that impacted those involved.
  • Explain how your culture might interpret a colleague’s communication style.
  • Offer one way in which your colleague could bridge the gap between the cultural communication styles

 

Discussion 1 (b): Cultural Definitions of FamilyWho counts as family? The “traditional” nuclear family (consisting of biological parents and one generation of children) may actually be anything but traditional for many groups. For some cultures, the essential family unit may consist of extended family and “fictive kin,” individuals who are not biologically related but have a close bond similar to a family. The role and responsibility of family members varies with cultural definitions, and these definitions are passed down through generations as families reinforce cultural expectations. In this Discussion, you first reflect on your family. Then you compare different family definitions and values between cultural groups represented in this classroom. Finally, you consider the effect of cultural definitions of family when working with a multiracial family.

  • Post your response to the following:
    • Describe how your culture defines family.
    • Identify the values that underlie your family unit.
    • Compare similarities and differences between how you and your colleague defined family.
    • Explain why it is important to understand different definitions of family when working with a multiracial family.

Requirements:

Subject: Social Science

 

 

 

REQUIRED READINGS

Sue, D. W., Rasheed, M. N., & Rasheed, J. M. (2016). Multicultural social work practice: A competency based approach to diversity and social justice (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Chapter 9,“Cultural Styles in Multicultural Intervention Strategies”
  • Chapter 10,“Multicultural Family Social Work Interventions”
  • Chapter 14,“Culturally Competent Social Work Practice with Biracial/Multiracial Persons” (pp. 449–460)
    P.S- this is for both discussion 1a &Ib. you can add your own sources , i don’t mind. I am always grateful for everything and trust your instincts.

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