I’m in a Master of Social Work program at an Ivy League university, and my professors and administrators consistently tell me that I have a different background than my clients. They don’t know that I am from a working poor family, and I am a survivor of incest.

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January 29th, 2012 | Comments (4)

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  1. Colleen:

    Im in an MSW program at Fordham University and often feel the same way. You’re experience will absolutely benefit your clients! Even if no one knows about it. The empathy you will be able to offer will be unparalleled.

  2. Sweeper:

    During my Masters in Psychology, I was consistently told things like this too. It was implied that someone “from my background” would have no experience of domestic violence, drug use, or familial mental illness. How wrong they were…

    … and it just made me feel, every day, that a person like me wasn’t supposed to be in their precious program.

  3. Nina:

    I always get irritated that when clinicians are taught to work “cross-culturally” it always assumes that the person of authority is from the dominate culture. As if no issues ever arise when the clinician is on the down side of power, or that one automatically knows how to clinically discuss issues with members of your own group.

  4. T2H2O:

    OH MY GOD! EVERYONE IS FROM A DIFFERENT BACKGROUND! As a social worker of ANY KIND you should be CONSTANTLY reminded of this so you don’t bring ANY preconceptions into a meeting with a client. It doesn’t matter if you were raped or poor or rich or had an easy life. EVERYONE has different backgrounds within EVERY class and lifestyle.

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