News events such as the 2015 Paris attacks, armed conflicts such as the Syrian civil war, and enduring fear of Arabs and Muslims has led to a great deal of discrimination and prejudice for people within the Arab diaspora throughout the world. In the U.S., this prejudice often has roots in the fear of terrorism and little understanding of who Arab and Muslim Americans are, what they believe, and the differences and similarities that may be present across this large group of people. Like all other groups, clients from this population should receive ethical and culturally sensitive treatment and services as part of human and social services responsibilities.
For this weeks Discussion, you explore issues that Arab and Muslim clients may face, whether they are established or recently immigrated, more traditional or assimilated. You consider these issues through the lens of a case study, one that deals with group work with a heterogeneous group of factory workers, some of whom are recent immigrants from Syria.
To Prepare: Review Chapter 15 in your course text Cultural Diversity, considering cultural issues that human and social services workers should consider when working with Arab and/or Muslim American clients. Review in the Weekly Resources the Case Study at the Port of New Harbor Plant, located in the Interactive Learning Community.
Post an explanation of the most important areas that Robert should focus on when facilitating this diverse group and why. Use this weeks Learning Resources and other peer-reviewed literature to support your post.
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