Week 7: Diversity and Cultural Competence In your work, you will serve clients from different cultural, linguistic, economic, and/or social backgrounds. In helping address client needs, how might you interact with varying levels of diversity? This week, as you explore diversity and cultural competence, reflect on how they inform your day-to-day social work skills development. Important Note: Please use the media player below to hear an audio course introduction that will give you more background information about the course topic. Also provided is a transcript for you to download and print out. Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Diversity/cultural competence [Audio file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 1 minute. Required Readings Min, J. W. (2005). Cultural competency: A key to effective future social work with racially and ethnically diverse elders. Families in Society, 86(3), 347–358. Required Media Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013b). Diversity/cultural competence [Audio file]. Retrieved from Note: This audio introduction is located in the “Introduction and Objectives” section. The approximate length of this media piece is 1 minute. Assignment 2: Intervention Treatment Plan According to the Council on Social Work Education, Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice: Social workers understand quantitative and qualitative research methods and their respective roles in advancing a science of social work and in evaluating their practice. Social workers know the principles of logic, scientific inquiry, and culturally informed and ethical approaches to building knowledge. Social workers understand that evidence that informs practice derives from multi-disciplinary sources and multiple ways of knowing. They also understand the processes for translating research findings into effective practice. Walden’s MSW program expects students in their specialization year to be able to: Critically evaluate evidence based and “best practice” treatment interventions. Compose clinical intervention plans that are grounded research-based knowledge This assignment is intended to help students demonstrate the behavioral components of this competency in their field education. To Prepare: Review the agency’s intervention/treatment plan used to engage clients from “Wings of the Future” website: After reviewing the agency’s intervention/treatment plan, consult the literature and conduct extensive research, with the goal of finding best practices that supports or adds to the agency’s current intervention/treatment plan. The purpose of this assignment is to find research that supports or adds to the agency’s current intervention/treatment approach. Submit a 1-2 page paper in which you: Briefly describe the agency’s intervention/treatment plan “Wings of the Future” Briefly discuss best practices (psychotherapy is used at wings of the future). about interventions identified in the literature Briefly discuss how the agency can incorporate those best practices into the current intervention/treatment plan Provide a brief summary of the similarities and differences between the intervention/treatment plan used at the agency and the suggested practices in the literature Note: If no formal process is used in the agency, discuss the agency’s current process and compare it to the suggestions in the literature. You are expected to present and discuss this assignment with your agency Field Instructor. Your field instructor will be evaluating your ability to demonstrate this competency in the field evaluation. In addition, you will submit this assignment for classroom credit. The Field Liaison will grade the assignment “PASS/FAIL,” see rubric for passing criteria.