Discussion: Values and Culture

  

Values, culture, and underlying beliefs of human services providers may raise dilemmas when handling cases involving issues such as infidelity, domestic violence, and parenting matters. In this week’s media program, “Barbara—The Human Services Professional: Chapter 3,” a number of issues impact the family, which raises questions that might be influenced by your own personal values. For this Discussion, review the media program and consider the dilemmas affecting the family. Reflect on who is involved and what values and cultural influences might impact the case.

With these thoughts in mind:

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Post a brief description of the dilemmas portrayed in the media presentation, including the individuals involved in the case. Then, identify the values and cultural influences that are presented in the case. Explain how these values and cultural influences might be impacting the dilemmas portrayed. Finally, explain how you, as the human services professional, would support the clients in the case study.

Reid Mandell, B., & Schram, B. (2012). An introduction to human services: Policy and practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

· Chapter 5, “Values and Ethical Dilemmas” (pp. 137–170)

Pankratz, C. J. (2009). Cross-national comparisons of family policies: The relevance of national approaches to social welfare. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 40(3), 493–511.

West-Newman, C. L. (2005). Feeling for justice? Rights, laws, and cultural contexts. Law & Social Inquiry, 30(2), 305–335.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.