ERIC Number: EJ936085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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Multiracial Competence in Social Work: Recommendations for Culturally Attuned Work with Multiracial People
Jackson, Kelly F.; Samuels, Gina M.
Social Work, v56 n3 p235-245 Jul 2011
According to the 2010 U.S. census, approximately 9 million individuals report multiracial identities. By the year 2050, as many as one in five Americans could claim a multiracial background. Despite this population growth, a review of recent empirical and theoretical literature in social work suggests a disproportionate lack of attention to issues of multiraciality. Instead, social work practice models remain embedded in traditional societal discourses of race and culture that often exclude or marginalize the experiences of multiracial individuals and families. This article summarizes recommendations following the domains of awareness, knowledge, and skills in the "NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice" to support culturally attuned social work practice with multiracial people. The authors argue that a culturally attuned practice approach--one that is inclusive of multiraciality--is not only timely, but also consistent with the profession's ethical obligation to provide culturally relevant services to all consumers and clients.
Descriptors: Population Growth, Social Work, Cultural Awareness, Census Figures, Self Concept, Multiracial Persons, Models, Counseling Techniques, Standards, Professional Associations, Ethics, Counselor Training
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