Examine current issues in social work practice related to refugees and immigrants. The first part of the course provides a macro perspective on immigration and migration concerning policy background, knowledge base, value premises, and practice skills useful for working with refugees and immigrant clients in the United States. Discuss U.S. immigration policies and trends with respect to how they influence the lives of immigrants and social service delivery to immigrants, and as a source of professional ethical dilemmas. You will increase awareness of your own cultural and ethnic heritage, plus become aware of biases that may impact your practice. One in five Nevada residents is an immigrant, while another one in six residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent. It is essential for Nevada social work practitioners to consider historical context, cultural differences, and potential challenges while working with this population.
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