ERIC Number: EJ725099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
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Working Together as Culture Brokers by Building Trusting Alliances with Bilingual and Bicultural Newcomer Paraprofessionals
Owen, Carol L.; English, Meme
Child Welfare, v84 n5 p669 Sep 2005
The authors' reflect on the challenges and rewards of partnering as casework supervisors with bilingual and bicultural newcomer paraprofessionals in resettlement work with refugee youth. Such individuals are generally recruited for their linguistic abilities and cultural knowledge, but they can lack formal clinical training or licensing credentials. Drawing on their own experience as supervisors of bilingual and bicultural newcomer paraprofessionals from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, the authors compare their early attempts to establish trust and communication with insights gained in more recent supervisory experiences. Recommendations are offered that promote mutual understanding between newcomer paraprofessionals and their Western-trained supervisors.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingualism, Refugees, Immigrants, Biculturalism, Paraprofessional Personnel, Caseworker Approach, Work Experience, Supervisors, Social Work
Child Welfare League of America, P.O. Box 932831, Atlanta, GA 31193-2831. Web site: http://www.cwla.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Cambodia; Laos; Vietnam