Unit 4 Discussion

Your original response to the Discussion topic should be at least 350 words and should reflect the fact that you have completed the assigned readings and activities. Use your words wisely so that the posting has substance and includes examples and explanations. The best practice is to include citations and a reference list.

Take time to review the responses of your classmates and respond specifically and substantially to at least two other students’ postings.

Many of you may have an interest or are already working with children and families in this profession. Working with children and families, often will include providing services to children of color including bicultural children. Discuss some of the challenges these families face and steps you can take to assist.

  • Parents of color must create a safe environment in which their children can grow up despite racism. You learned from your readings this is called creating a buffer zone. What suggestions can you make to parents to help protect children of color from negative attitudes and stereotypes, and increase their self worth and prepare them for racism?
  • What additional suggestions would you offer to parents with bicultural children and White adopted parents of children of color?
  • Describe your personal challenges and ways to overcome working with:
    • Racial/ethnic differences of children and families of color
    • Their personal experience of being different that clients report as part of their life experiences
    • Clients voicing feelings that they experience you as different from them

    Read Chapters 6 and 7 in your textbook Cultural Diversity: A Primer for the Human Services. In Chapter 6 you will read about the challenges children of color (including bicultural) are faced with and how parents can create a safe environment from a world that may discriminate and even harm them due to their race and ethnicity. Chapter 7 explains how social injustice and racism can impact a child in the early stages of child development. You will also read about how different learning styles may influence their academic performance. Finally, you will review approaches you, the Human Services Professional, can use in your cross-cultural work.

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