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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Smith College School for Social Work-Curricula, Cross-cultural orientation-Study and teaching (Graduate), Race, Racism, Social work education, Cultural competence, Post-racialism, Social work, Multi-cultural competency, Racial color blindness


The literature confirms the importance of providing cross-cultural education and the development of cross-cultural skills for trainees entering clinical practice. In recognition of this, Smith College School for Social Work has a written commitment to anti-racism and as part of this commitment the college has developed a curriculum that addresses race and racism in clinical practice and the social work profession. Given this commitment, this study surveyed twelve white Smith College School for Social Work students to understand if white Smith students were addressing race and racism with clients of color in clinical practice, why or why not, and if so, how they were doing it. Results showed that the majority of white Smith students were addressing race and racism with clients of color, and while the majority surveyed could identify skills and techniques to address race, the majority were doing so inconsistently. Results further indicated that when race was addressed, it was the client's race and not the clinician's race. These findings are discussed and their educational implications raised. Keywords: race, racism, multi-cultural competency, racial color-blindedness




iii, 70 p. : col. ill. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2013. Includes bibliographical references (p. 63-63)