ERIC Number: ED231590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Social Work Methods of Intervention with American Indians.
Hanson, Wynne DuBray; Eisenbise, Margaret DeOcampo
The monograph points out that in helping American Indian clients, social workers should be aware of the differences in basic values that could exist which would not only negate the intended assistance, but may be the source of cultural conflict. Examples of some basic value differences which have been found to be characteristic and wide-spread are discussed. The monograph suggests two methods of intervention which have been found to be valuable toward the delivery of culturally relevant services to Indian clients: dual perspective (the conscious and systematic process of perceiving, understanding, and comparing simultaneously the values, attitudes, and behavior of the larger societal system with those of the client's immediate family and community system), and existential model (based on the assmption that the degree of the outcome's success is directly a function of the relationship the social worker establishes with the client). Application of the existential model is illustrated in a case study which has been "put together" to clarify some of the unclear notions of how to apply the existential concepts. Cultural conflicts which were averted through the intervention of workers trained to provide "culturally relevant" services are discussed. The monograph concludes with a 349-item unannotated bibliography. (NQA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Univ., CA.