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SWK 4617H – Cross-Cultural Social Work Practice - Elective

Approved elective course for Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies

This course is designed to increase the analytical and practice competence of participants when working with populations whose culture is different from their own. Its foci are to gain an understanding of the phenomena of culture, and how culture impacts the practitioner, the client, and the helping process; to appreciate the experience of the culturally different, and how such experiences may affect the overall functioning of client populations; to critically examine social work and its service systems, and to offer alternatives consistent with multi-cultural realities; and finally, to begin to develop inter-cultural communication skills and to explore alternative approaches in working within a culturally diverse context.