Assignment Overview In this final project, you will write a scholarly paper that synthesizes and further develops what you have learned about cultural competence in this course. Scholarly writing is one way that social workers contribute to their fields, and it is also a means of professional development—we often learn best when we have carefully analyzed and explained something for others. By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following EPAs and advanced practice behaviors: EPA 2.1.2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. APB 2.1.2.A: Articulate and provide leadership in the application of the core values and ethical standards of the social work profession through an ethical problem solving model to aid in critical thinking and ethical decision making related to individuals, families, organizations, and communities to guide and inform ethical advanced generalist social work practice. Related Assignment Criteria: 11. Articulate and provide leadership in the application of the core values and ethical standards of the social work profession. EPA 2.1.2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. APB 2.1.2.B: Integrate the ethical and effective use of technology at all levels of advanced generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Related Assignment Criteria: 8. Integrate the ethical and effective use of technology at all levels of advanced generalist social work practice that identifies best social work practices for working with this population. EPA 2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice. APB 2.1.5.A: Apply leadership skills and technology to engage in collaborative practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to advocate for appropriate services, resources, and supports to achieve goals and foster positive change. Related Assignment Criteria: 10. Create an action plan for increasing knowledge of cultural diversity and application to practice. Assignment Description In the final project for this course, you will include a description of your chosen population and justification for the choice, as well as your critique of culturally relevant research. You will also include your growing understanding of the chosen population and how best to work with this group in social work practice. You will integrate concepts, theories, and research about the chosen cultural group, as well as evaluate your own cultural competencies in working with this group. Additionally, you need to develop a plan to increase your cultural awareness and improve your professional interactions with culturally diverse groups. Assignment Instructions Continue your research on your chosen cultural group of which you are not a part. Based on your findings, present a 10–12-page paper that contains three parts: Part 1 This part covers your population selection and justification. Make sure to incorporate any feedback you received from your instructor to revise your Unit 3 assignment for inclusion in this final paper. Part 2 In this part, include the following: Your analysis of culturally relevant research submitted in Unit 6. Once again, make sure to incorporate any feedback you received from your instructor and revise this section for inclusion in the final paper. Any additional research studies you have located that help you better understand the cultural group you have chosen to study. You will ultimately want to include 10 references in your final project. Part 3 Complete the following for final part of the paper: Analyze the historical and contemporary antecedents of discrimination for the selected population along with the resulting problems. Evaluate critically the theories, methods of working with the selected population, and culturally relevant research related to your selected population. Analyze the influence of culture on attitudes, values, perceptions, behaviors, and interpersonal relations related to the selected population. Identify potential problems and social justice concerns with which the chosen population has to deal, suggesting possible solutions and best social work practices that could be implemented in your professional setting. Identify and analyze your personal competencies that can be used to improve your interaction with this selected population in your professional setting. Identify specific concerns that you would need to keep in mind when using technology such as e-mail or social media when communicating with the selected population. Demonstrate, through an action plan, how you will add to your cultural diversity knowledge and how you will apply these leadership skills to your social work practice. The action plan should increase knowledge of cultural diversity and application to practice through the use of technology and leadership that includes collaborative practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to advocate for appropriate services.
Your paper is expected to meet the following requirements: Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message. APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards. Resources: Minimum of 10 scholarly sources other than your course text. All literature cited should be current, with publication dates within the past 5 years. Length of paper: 10–12 typed, double-spaced pages. Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
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