Numerousvalues and beliefs encompass social service and these often depend onthe social worker and the group that he or she is serving. The valuesand beliefs are also affected by the individual’s personality andcan be used to describe his or her values. Additionally, the valuescan promote the person’s significance in the job that they do andcan serve a great purpose in rating his work. In this context, Ibelieve that every social worker should have the value of culturalhumility regardless of the place or position that they are working.As a profession in the social work area, an individual is expected tovalue other people and regard them as equal regardless of theiraffiliations, appearances, or beliefs.
Asocial worker is often expected to mingle and meet people fromdifferent diversities. It is, however, their professional duty toserve all people. I believe that such can only be achieved if theworkers practice cultural humility. This is the ability to maintainan interpersonal position that is open to the other personespecially when relating to the aspects of cultural identity, whichare of great importance to the other person. With the presence ofcultural humility as a value in the professional social worker, theycan improve their quality of interactions with their clients andmembers of the community.
Ibelieve that it is the duty of the social worker to serve all thepeople with no discrimination of any kind and such can only beachieved if the person has a great sense of cultural humility. It isthe value that can make a professional work effectively even inenvironments where racism is deeply rooted or where religiousdiscrimination is largely experienced it distinguishes theindividual from the others in the same environment. It makes oneneutral when working with other people and avoid bias or taking sideswhen dealing with critical issues such as offering aid to thehomeless, counseling HIV/AIDS patients, or working with theadolescents. I have practiced the value in some activities such aswhere I was offering counsel to patients with HIV/AIDS, and theresults were overwhelming as I could see in the gratefulnessdisplayed by the patients and their satisfaction with the services.
Itis through cultural humility that an individual can be able to workeffectively as a social worker. I know that it might be hard tocooperate with some people and that individuals are often different.I also believe that all individuals have different egos and variousdegrees in which they express the same. It is, however, important fora social worker to humble themselves to the level of the other personto help the most to dispense their duties in the most efficient way.I found out that it is hard for one to work with others in asituation where they have very little humility.
Toconclude, it has been very clear, through personal experience that asocial worker can only dispense their duties effectively if theyconsider cultural humility. This value can enable one to interactfreely with people of different backgrounds without any form ofdiscrimination. I understand that unlike some other professions,social work is more interactive as one gets to meet people fromvarious cultures, and who hold different beliefs and still be able tooffer care, compassion, and effective services.