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  Issue #120, November 16, 2010
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November marks the observance of American Diabetes Month, National Epilepsy Month, National Family Caregivers Month, National Hospice Palliative Care Month, National Adoption Month, Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 8-14), the Great American Smokeout (November 18), National Survivors of Suicide Day (November 20), Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), and more.
Coming in December: World AIDS Day, December 1.
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Article Excerpt: Creating Trust and Rapport With Foreign-Born Clients
by Shirlene Elledge, CPM, CNHP
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from the Fall 2010 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the full article at:
Imagine—you just walked into a new client’s home to ascertain needs for food assistance. You notice an elaborate shrine boasting a bronze Buddha. Several plates of fruit and rice are sitting on the shrine, along with fresh flowers on either side. What goes through your mind? Are you wondering why they need help with food if they have enough to leave lying out to spoil? Are you wondering why you should help them if they are wasting what they already have? While talking with the family, you learn they just took a day trip to a neighboring town to visit the Buddhist temple and donated some food and clothing to the presiding monk. Now, what goes through your mind?
The situation above would be a challenge for many social workers. Yet, it would also be a common occurrence if you are working with a Thai family. It may be easy to judge this family as having poor money management, being greedy, or being wasteful. But a culturally aware social worker will recognize these behaviors as religious customs rather than poor money management.
I became acquainted with these customs embedded in Thai culture while traveling the country and living among its people. My travels enriched my perspective and clarified my professional responsibility to foreign-born clients.
The Code of Ethics requires social workers to value the worth and dignity of all individuals. Working with foreign-born clients requires a certain level of understanding in regard to country of origin history, norms, and values. Lessons I learned through my experiences in Thailand can be helpful for all social workers working with foreign-born clients. There is a systematic way to prepare for an ethnic client whose background might be unfamiliar to you. You can follow a simple KNOW system:
  • Know some country of origin basics.
  • Notice social norms.
  • Observe family values.
  • Watch for immigration/acculturation issues.

Know Some Country of Origin Basics

The first part of KNOWing your client is to understand how national origin contributes to one’s values and perspectives (Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2009). Consider this: You enter the home of a Thai client and acknowledge a picture of King Bhumibol Asulyadej, which brings a generous smile from your new client. Instant rapport has begun. Thai people love and revere 82-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning king. He is considered a friend of the poor, was born in Massachusetts, and is a jazz musician. Wearing yellow on Monday—the King’s birthday—is a way of honoring him. Most every home in Thailand, regardless of class, displays the king’s picture, and to acknowledge a picture of him would be meaningful to your client. Be certain, however, that you do not point to his picture—to do so is highly offensive. I innocently insulted my Thai escort the first day in her country as I pointed to a large billboard of the king. These minor bits of information are meaningful to foreign-born clients, because most first generation immigrants remain loyal to their countries of origin (Parillo, 2009).
Thai people have a strong sense of national pride stemming from the fact that Thailand is the only nation in its region never to have been conquered by a European power (CIA, 2008). Thai people are very proud of this independent heritage, as well as their unique culture from all other Asian countries, and do not want to be confused with Taiwan or the Philippines, a common occurrence (V. Rall, personal communication, September 7, 2009). All countries have unique aspects that translate into national pride. Poke around, discover what it is, and use your knowledge to create rapport.
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November is National Adoption Month, a month set aside each year to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. This year's National Adoption Month initiative targets adoption professionals by focusing on ways to recruit and retain parents for the 115,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families.
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