Culturally Competent Practice: A Framework for Understanding Diverse Groups & Justice Issues

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Become a better practitioner with CULTURALLY COMPETENT PRACTICE: A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING DIVERSE GROUPS & JUSTICE ISSUES! With coverage of topics such as cultural differences and the importance of cultural competence to human service professions, this social work text provides you with the skills necessary to understand, measure, and evaluate cultural competence. Case studies are integrated throughout and follow two families, the Hernandez family and the Abdullah family, to help you master the knowledge and skills necessary to lead your clients through the process stages and develop cultural competence. Practical and informative, Tools for Student Learning are found throughout and include questionnaires, pre-tests, and post-tests.

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Doman Lum is professor emeritus of social work at California State University, Sacramento. He was recently featured in CELEBRATING SOCIAL WORK: FACES AND VOICES OF FORMATIVE YEARS, a book commemorating social work and social work education. His previous texts include SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR: A PROCESS-STAGE APPROACH; MULTIDIMENSIONAL PRACTICE: DIVERSITY IN CONTEXT; CULTURAL COMPETENCE, PRACTICE STAGES AND CLIENT SYSTEMS: A CASE STUDY APPROACH; SOCIAL WORK AND HEALTH CARE POLICY; and RESPONDING TO SUICIDAL CRISIS. He has written articles on Asian Americans, health care delivery and health maintenance organizations, culturally diverse social work practice, suicide prevention, and pastoral counseling. Dr. Lum is a consulting editor for THE JOURNAL OF ETHNIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN SOCIAL WORK and ARETE, and has been on the board of directors and the Commission on Accreditation for the Council on Social Work Education. He received the Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education award from the Council on Social Work Education in 2000. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, Northern California Conference.

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"I would describe this book as providing a solid framework for understanding knowledge, skills and values for culturally competent social work at the generalist and advanced levels. It provides valuable and up-to-date definitions and terminology and presents and discusses them in detail. It provides a case study and relative 'Tools for Teaching and Learning.' I would describe it as a tool that would be helpful for faculty and field instructors."

"Presently, there is not a true standard text being used as accompanying the standard practice text. . . However, there is a need for this kind of text and the curriculum of which I am a member would gladly recommend it if it is viewed favorably. . . This book is providing a schema and rationale that far outweighs any text I have seen or any collection of material that can be organized to train for this course. . .I really don't feel there is a current book which is close to the spirit of this text. This is a unique text not only in the format it offers, but in the variety of extras it provides to tease out knowledge and skills. The use of the Hernandez vignette throughout is quite an excellent idea for teasing out the issues and teaching. . . [this book] offers me as an instructor a variety of frameworks that enable me to teach the content at both the generalist and advanced levels."

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