The Importance of Cultural Competence in Social Work

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In light of the recent presidential election and news of a growing cultural divide in the United States, emphasizing cultural competence as part of the social-work profession has taken on a whole new importance. The National Association of Social Workers, or the “NASW,” has recently revised its code of ethics for cultural competence and social diversity in order to reflect today’s most pressing issues. However, do people understand what cultural competence truly is? Why do social workers need to be familiar with this concept as it continues to evolve?

To learn more, check out the infographic below created by Rutgers University’s online master of social work degree program


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