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Integrating Self Awareness and Multicultural Competencies into Social Work Practice for Older Adults
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When: May 24, 2016
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Elizabeth Alvarado LCSW-R, SLA

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Clinicians in the field will often feel uncomfortable working with a client that belongs to a culture different from their own.  These fears, lack of knowledge and specific competencies will often paralyze the clinician from engaging successfully with the older adult. The workshop will begin with an introduction, a review of the learning objectives, group exercise (ice breaker) the participants interview each other using 11 questions related to cultural identity. A self-reflection about new information emerged from the exercise.


Didactic lecture will be used to explore ageism, racism, poverty, acculturation, caregiver risk, late life health changes and mental health services with a focus on how multicultural awareness in practice will enhance connection and success working with a large number of diverse older adults living in New York City. A tool “Components of Cultural Assessment” will be handed out with a period of discussion about the 16 domains. Case illustrations will be provided with the opportunity to break into groups to develop critical thinking using the knowledge and tools presented in the workshop. There is an exercise called the “Wheel of Culture” where workshop participants are provided with a color on the wheel, they spin it and the color that the arrow lands on will pose a specific example of older adult from specific culture in need of help from a social worker – using the knowledge presented in the workshop, what are some of the possible cultural realities posed by that group and how can you be helpful.  Two (15 minute breaks) will be provided in between the lecture, group exercises and final summary of the key objectives with a review of new information, skills and tools provided for the participants.  


Elizabeth Alvarado LCSW-R, SLA Supervisory Leaders in Aging Faculty-“Promoting Culturally Competent Geriatric Practice”, Adjunct Professor Silberman School of Social Work “Clinical Practice with the Aged”.   


3 CE Contact Hours

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