Discussion: Working With Families When working with families, keep in mind that each family has its own unique culture. In other words, each family has a set of shared attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors that guide how they interact with each other and how they cope with presenting problems. It is important to become familiar with the family’s culture before offering assistance. It is also important to view the entire family as the service user and allow each member (including children) to have equal input. Ultimately, the services you provide or recommend will impact every family member.
In this Discussion, you will respond to one of the case studies in the Hart City community. In doing so, you will examine cultural and ethical considerations related to working with the family in the case study as well as how a recent current event might influence your approach.
• Review your Course Announcements for possible information related to this week’s Discussion and Assignment.
• Review the Week 5 case studies and select one to focus on for this Discussion. Keep the case study in mind as you review this week’s Learning Resources.
• Review the Learning Resources on working with diverse families. Reflect on how broad structural issues, such as racism and economic disenfranchisement, affect family dynamics and functioning.
• Review the Learning Resources on specific cultural considerations for the Week 5 case studies. Pay particular attention to information that pertains to the culture(s) of the family in the case study you selected and think about how you would use this information to assist the family.
• Review the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals. Identify ethical standards that would inform your work with the family in the case study.
• Review the article on the cultural impacts of social movements. Think about how current events, such as social movements, may influence how you approach the family in the case study.
• Find one article from an academically appropriate source that focuses on cultural and/or ethical issues related to working with families of diverse service users. Academically appropriate sources include research articles found in the Walden University Library, papers or articles from reputable agencies or organizations, or government publications. Incorporate the article into your response to this week’s Discussion.
By Day 4
Post your response to the following questions as they relate to the case study you selected:
• What can you do to assist the family while respecting their culture? What cultural aspects are most important to consider in this case, and why?
• What are your ethical responsibilities to the family? Why are these ethical considerations necessary?
• How would one recent current event influence how you approach this case study? Be specific
Case 1 Singh Family
The Singh family are middle-income, Indian Americans. They live in a suburban area within Hart City. Mr. and Mrs. Singh own a small employment staffing company and have five employees. The Singh’s have two teenage daughters who are 16 and 18 years old. Both daughters grew up in Hart City unlike Mr. and Mrs. Singh who emigrated from India as young adults. They grew up in traditional Indian homes, and their parents arranged their marriage. It is their hope that after each of their daughters finishes college, they will enter into arranged marriages as well. The oldest daughter, Amani, has secretly dated an African American teenager from her high school for the past two years. They kept their relationship a secret because neither family would support the union. Amani and her boyfriend have come into the Hart City Clinic because Amani is pregnant. Amani does not want to abort the baby because of her personal and cultural values. However, she does not know how she and her boyfriend will tell their parents and how they will raise a baby without family support. She is seeking assistance from the advanced human services professional practitioner to help the couple tell their parents and make decisions for them and their child.