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Part I: From your perspective, define and discuss personal relationships and professional relationships, and personal values and professional values. How are personal and professional relationships similar to each other? How are they different from each other? How are personal and professional values similar to each other? How are they different from each other? Be sure to synthesize and cite outside sources to support your definitions where appropriate. Use examples to demonstrate the similarities and differences between these constructs.
Part II: PLEASE CHOOSE ANY THREE OF THESE VARIABLES TO DISCUSS:
gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, age, culture, class, spirituality or religion, disability, or personal values.
For each variable identify how the professional relationship might be impacted by similarities and differences between the client and social worker. Be sure to consider the impact from the perspective of both the worker and client. For example what might it be like for the social worker if he or she were of the same race as the client? What might it be like for the social worker if he or she was of a different race from the client? What might it be like for the client to be of the same race as the social worker? A different race?
Part III: Apply the discussion of at least two of the three variables discussed in Part II to yourself specifically…to areas of your practice that may be especially sensitive to you. Discuss how similarities and differences between you and your client on each of these two variables might impact your and your client’s ability to form a therapeutic relationship and your ability to work together successfully. Use examples from potential practice situations to illustrate and explain how the variables could impact your practice in specific situations.
Part IV: Discuss how you might successfully work with some of the material (e.g., emotions and interactions) that might occur due to these similarities and / or differences you have identified in Part III. During this discussion be sure to present a clear plan that outlines the different strategies you would use to address the impact of the variables discussed in Part III.
This paper is meant to be a self-reflection paper. Good practice requires social workers to have high levels of self-awareness, including knowledge about the areas in which we may need to be particularly alert and sensitive. These areas are also areas from which we often find our strengths.
What this paper is meant to be a self-reflection. You may use your text for this assignment as well as three to five additional outside sources. The paper should be typed, double-spaced, and proofread. Citation of all sources should follow APA format.
Part I: From your perspective, define and discuss personal relationships and professional relationships, and personal values and professional values.