Rethinking Social Work Practice with Multicultural Communities

1st Edition

Yolanda C. Padilla, Ruth McRoy, Rocío Calvo

October 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 162 Pages
ISBN 9780367353476 - CAT# 325357

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With research showing that social work clients from diverse racial and ethnic groups are generally dissatisfied with the way they are treated, and that providers often do not feel fully prepared to work with these groups, this book invites us to rethink current approaches to social work practice with diverse racial and ethnic communities.

A parallel systematic review of the literature on provider and client experiences in the opening chapter outlines the state of the art in the provision of care to multicultural communities. The following chapters offer tangible, research-based approaches to engaging with multicultural clients and present a critical assessment of the barriers and challenges posed by current models of social work practice. Rigorous qualitative, intervention, and community-based studies demonstrate the effectiveness of culturally-grounded methods. As the pieces in this book show, the stories of multicultural communities are narratives of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. Yet, social work underutilizes rich family and community cultural resources. By not facilitating their involvement, social service systems in effect create the conditions for the loss of these vital resources which social services cannot replace.

In arguing that we need to expand professional boundaries to encompass indigenous practices, family and extended kin, and therapeutic relationships that make sense to different cultural groups, this book will be of interest to those studying the ways in which social work practice can be improved to better suit the needs of a racially and ethnically diverse population. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

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