Culturally Sensitive Human Service Practice

HSR210

Examination of the implications of cultural, gender, religious, social, economic, and other factors of diversity as they affect the helping relationship, helping strategies, and the effectiveness of human service provision. Emphasis on understanding the influence of an individual's ethnic background, gender, age, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and other characteristics, particularly those used in the dominant culture to disenfranchise individuals, on the individual's sense of self and community. Exploration of the human service worker's responsibility to honor the entirety of clients' cultural experiences and to structure the helping relationship and attendant activities with sensitivity to diversity. Attention to multicultural barriers and to the impact of the helper's own worldview on the helping relationship, and exploration of strategies for helping that entail systems and social changes that may facilitate greater psychological and physical health for persons of varying cultural backgrounds. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 and PSY111 or HSR115 and SOC111. (Cultural Diversity)