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Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping

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Social work education, Social workers -- United States, Social work -- Research -- Citizen participation, Community development, Cultural awareness


Although cultural humility is frequently emphasized in social work education as a lifelong commitment to reflection and action, there are few examples of what this looks like in practice—particularly outside the scope of clinical health settings. This paper situates the need for practitioner reflections on cultural humility and offers an autoethnographic case study of efforts to cultivate cultural humility in myself and among participants in a neighborhood-based action research project. I consider cultural humility from three relational positions: holding oneself accountable, creating conditions for cultural humility within groups, and acknowledging how group members co-create conditions for cultural humility.


Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is a double-blind peer-reviewed open access multidisciplinary journal published with no author fees by the Cleveland State University School of Social Work.

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