Finding Balance: Group Membership and Professional Development

Mohamed, Imad A.; Wingo, Robin R.
April 2012
Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping;Spring2012, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p37
Academic Journal
Field education is said to be the experience that all students talk about and remember the most after they graduate. Social work students from immigrant backgrounds experience unique challenges in applying and finding a balance between the obligations of the NASW code of ethics and being culturally responsive. These challenges may be even greater for immigrant social work students who are working directly with the target populations with which they identify. A crucial challenge and asset that is experienced by immigrant social workers is the knowledge and identity membership that they hold in dual cultural systems. Learning to manage that balance in a field practicum setting will be examined in this narrative.


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