Being comfortable with being uncomfortable

Being comfortable with being uncomfortable

You do not always know what you do not know. And not knowing, feeling ignorant, can be an uncomfortable place to be. This is especially true when your own ignorance of other cultures can offend service users or lead to undesirable outcomes in your work. So, you will need to get more comfortable with leaving your own comfort zone to learn about others from others – how they see you, how they perceive that you see them, and how they see the world in ways that are different from you. Remember, you will never be fully versed in any one culture, and there are probably aspects of your own culture you do not fully understand. Rather, you must be comfortable knowing there is always more to learn from the people that you work with. For this Discussion, you will examine different scenarios where cultural differences could lead to discomfort and consider how to practice cultural humility in those scenarios.

Armstrong, A. (2015, December 11). What CS Lewis wrote is more powerful than what he didn’t.

To Prepare
Review the Learning Resources and Course Announcements.
Read the four scenarios below:
An HSPP is an older, upper-middle class, educated white female with a master’s degree in Human Services working with Job Corps. The majority of service users are inner city, low-income African American youth within the age range of 16–22 years old, seeking vocational and academic training.
An HSPP works with a non-governmental organization to re-settle refugees in a mid-size American city. The HSPP is an African American woman in her mid-thirties and a devout Christian. The majority of service-users are families that are Muslim of Shia and Sunni background from Iraq, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Nigeria.
An HSPP is an older man in his 60’s whose family emigrated from the Philippines. The service user is a 22-year-old man from Honduras struggling with gender identity.
An HSPP is an African American man in his early forties working with a women’s shelter in the rural southeast of the United States.
By Day 4
Choose one scenario and post a response to the following:

Explain how you would help the (Human Services Practitioner Professional) HSPP practice cultural humility in the scenario you selected.
Explain what would make you uncomfortable working in the scenario and what would make you comfortable. In your explanation, describe how cultural humility is different, yet related, to concepts like cultural competency and cultural reflexivity.
Find one ethical code from NOHS that relates to cultural humility in this scenario and how you can apply it.

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