Fall 2022 SOWK 486 Class 05 Weekly Email

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I am looking forward to seeing you all this week, and really enjoy the content we are moving into. I’m still not done with my slides yet, but I’ll upload them hopefully before class.

Unit Introduction and What You Will Learn

The focus of week five for SOWK 486 is on communication skills. There are many that Hepworth et al. (2022) term as verbal following skills. Rogers (1957), who developed the concept of person-centered counseling, described what he called the facilitative condition. This includes empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. He proposed that when clinicians can maintain these aspects, they can support and help promote positive changes in their clients. The plan for today is to talk about the core skills that help clinicians help their clients. The plan is as follows:

  • The facilitative conditions
  • Empathy
  • Authenticity

Unit Assignments

A–01: In-Class Engagement and Participation

Attend class. If you can’t attend, let me know.

A–03: Reading Quiz

Do W-05 A-02 Hepworth et al. (2022) Chapter(s) 05 and 06 reading quiz before class on Wednesday.

Unit Resources

Being able to have cultural humility is an important aspect of our communication. I really value the concept of cultural humility. Chavez (2013) offers a 30-minute documentation, Cultural Humility: People, Principles, and Practices, is useful in understanding this concept.

During class, we listen to a short excerpt from Brené Brown’s TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability. The whole thing is great and would recommend it if you are interested. It also gives a good example of qualitative research. It is about 20 minutes.

In the excerpt we use, Brown talks about Wiseman (2007) and her definition of empathy. She is talking about nursing practice, but it is a useful read.

You can find all of the presentations that I’ve done at https://presentations.jacobrcampbell.com. The slides for this week, are still being created and I will share them later.

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Brown, B. (2010). The power of vulnerability [Video]. TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability

Chavez, V. (2012). Cultural humility: People, principles and practices [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/SaSHLbS1V4w

Wiseman, T. (2007). Toward a holistic conceptualization of empathy for nursing practice. Advances in Nursing Science, 30(3), E61–E72. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ANS.0000286630.00011.e3

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