Diversity & Special Populations
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Diversity & Special Populations
Course level: Undergraduate
The emphasis of this course is on the context of diverse social systems including roles of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, cultural dynamics, socio-economic status, variations of learning styles, and individual ability in evaluation and client needs assessment. To complete this course, a student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human limitations and capacity, and of the resilient nature of humans. The course involves an exploration of special populations to include individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged families and foster children, single parents including single pregnant women, displaced homemakers, individuals with barriers to educational achievement (including those with limited English proficiency), the aging and elderly, individuals preparing for nontraditional employment, tribal communities, refugees and immigrants, and underserved or hard-to-serve populations in general. Students residing in Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, or Wisconsin are not eligible to enroll in this course.
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Explain why an understanding of diversity is important for the human service worker.
- Explain the importance of understanding differences.
- Identify uses of language and the connection to cultural competence.
- Explain the concept of White privilege.
- Describe how the institutionalized “isms” affect opportunity for diverse groups.
- Describe how to apply Cultural Identity Development models.
- Summarize how discrimination affects both physical and mental health.
- Explain ways to minimize the negative ramifications of bias in service delivery.
- Identify what diversity skills are and how they promote cultural competence.
- Explain the effect of historical trauma on individuals, families, and cultures within society.
- Identify the complex factors involved in overcoming generational poverty.
- Explain challenges the aged face when there is a lack of access to employment.
- Outline the unique challenges that women face through different life stages.
- Describe important factors for working with the special populations of Native Americans and Asian Americans.
- Describe important factors to consider when working with the special populations of African American, Latino(a), Arab and Muslim American, and White ethnic clients.
- Describe important factors to consider when working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
- Explain how standard educational practices may not meet the needs of the differently abled.
- Explain how to stop invidious comparison.
- Describe strength-based approaches that empower clients.
- Compare interventions that combine both Western healing and traditional indigenous healing approaches.
- Identify strategies for avoiding vicarious traumatization.