Towards cross-cultural social work: a teaching approach for development of intercultural competences / Hacía un trabajo social intercultural: un modelo didáctico para el desarrollo de competencias interculturales

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Abstract

The professional skills demanded of social workers by contemporary society must unavoidablyinclude the capacity to apply knowledge, to know how to act and acquire theappropriate new competences for listening and taking care of people coming from differentcultures. With regard to the training of future generations of social workers it must beremembered that they will have to deal with an increasingly globalized society and facethe new demands placed upon the profession by the presence of a greater number of peoplemigrating to Italy in increasingly greater numbers.Teaching experimentation carried out as part of the degree course in Social Work atthe University of Palermo over the last ten years has already been moving in the directionof integrating, first of all, an awareness of the need for professional, trans-culturalknowledge and, consequently, also urgently planning and providing an improvement forthe future generations of professionals. From this experience a teaching approach isbeing developed that consents the integration of an academic education with transculturalskills and achieve greater effectiveness precisely by paying more attention to thediversity of the lives of the subjects in the caring relationship. Training in interculturalskills may lead to two objectives: ensuring the quality of care for the migrant population,in terms of equal opportunities and non-discrimination; transmitting a sense of securityto social workers in dealings with the migrant population, whilst reducing stress andlimiting erroneous behaviour.The intercultural quality of social services, with the possibility of carrying out cross-culturalsocial work, will enhance services for migrants (e.g. assistance for social integration,protection of cultural specificities, prevention of violence and discrimination); it will alsobring about the rejuvenation of indigenous communities, by reassuring its wary citizensand transforming the whole concept of citizenship, in the social rather than legal sense.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)121-135
Numero di pagine15
RivistaCOMUNITANIA
Volume13
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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