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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Cultural Efficacy in Communication and Practice in Global Context

Cultural Efficacy in Communication and Practice in Global Context

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(p.123) 17 Cultural Efficacy in Communication and Practice in Global Context
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Lois Bosch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0017

Much of social work practice takes place with marginalized people, including new citizens, recent immigrants, and refugees. As a result of the changing world dynamic, social work education increasingly emphasizes preparation for professional practice with a diverse group of clients. Social workers understand how important cultural sensitivity is; indeed, one of the hallmarks of good social work practice is cultural competence. The challenge for all helping professionals, including social workers, is delivering services that respect the dignity of the individual while providing for the greater common good. This chapter presents the global and cross-cultural context of social work practice; the concepts of cultural competence, cultural encapsulation, and cultural efficacy; the case for the importance of culturally effective practice; and suggested practice principles.

Keywords:   globalization, social work practice, social workers, social work education, cultural sensitivity, cultural competence

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