Presentation on theme: "Inside out: The “Original” Code of Ethics"— Presentation transcript:
1 Inside out: The “Original” Code of Ethics Aboriginal Social Work CommitteeMarch 14, 2008Presenters: Co-Chairs: Brenda Gladue, BSW, Karen English, BSWMonica Redcrow, BSW; Willy Alexson, Elder; Kurtis Gladue, Spiritual Helper
2 AGENDA8:30Opening Prayer – Elder: Willy Alexson; Spiritual Helper: Kurtis GladueIntroductions – Aboriginal Social Work Committee & Members; Terms of Reference; Strategic Goals; Handouts9:00Cultural Competency: Quiz and Pre-Workshop Evaluation9:15Video on Diversity and Segregation9:30Terminology and Aboriginal Protocol10:00-10:30BREAK10:30Social Work Code of Ethics: Aboriginal Natural Laws11:30-1:30LUNCH1:30Debrief2:00Foundation of Aboriginal Paradigm: TipiAboriginal Model: Found Critical Components (Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Mental)3:00-3:303:30Questions and Answers; Post workshop Evaluations; Closing Video; Best Practices for Aboriginal People Conference Evaluations4:30Closing Prayer – Willy Alexson; Kuris Gladue
3 “The longest journey in your life is from your head to your heart and back again to find balance.” Author: unknown
4 Aboriginal Social Work Committee (ASWC) The ACSW recognizes the inherent rights of Aboriginal Peoples in order to change systems that have negatively impacted their lives and communities.The ACSW recognizes that there is a distinct need to address the issues surrounding Aboriginal communities and their social work experiences, and in doing so, seeks the advice of the Aboriginal Social Work Committee.
5 ASWC MandateThe mission of the ASWC is to identify and advise the ACSW on Indigenous issues that it foresees as affecting the needs, methods, delivery and practices of social work.ASWC acts in advisory capacity to the ACSW council on issues related to Aboriginal Social Workers.
6 Aboriginal Social Work "…Regulated members are permitted to provide psychosocial intervention using traditional aboriginal practices if the member has received training and guidance in the use of traditional aboriginal approaches and is recognized by an aboriginal community as being competent in the use of traditional aboriginal practices". (Social Work Regulation, Section 12)
7 Terms of Reference Goals To advise Council of the diversity of Aboriginal Protocols, Customs, Traditions, Culture, Spirituality and Rituals.To identify and advise Council on Indigenous issues at the international, national, provincial and grassroots level.To encourage the recognition of inherent rights and traditional holistic healing practices.To encourage the development of continued competency requirements that embrace an Aboriginal component.To identify Aboriginal Social Workers and encourage their involvement on ACSW committees, projects and activities.To facilitate the understanding of cross cultural practices and values.To facilitate the acceptance of change with a holistic perspective.
8 ASWC 2008 Strategic GoalsProvincial initiative to bring a united voice among Aboriginal people and to create a social change that addresses the socio-economic concerns affecting Aboriginal People.
9 ASWC 2008 Strategic focusCommunication – vehicle for Aboriginal news/ events/ initiativesMembership – increase involvementNetworking – uniting Aboriginal voicesTeaching/Education – cultural releventSpecial Projects – Aboriginal modelApproval from Council for yearly Budget to cover costs for activities
10 Aboriginal Competency Handouts: Quiz and AnswersResources: ?Educational systems: Cultural education not in curriculum (elementary, secondary, post secondary)Legacy from History: laws, social norms, bureaucracy, values (meritocracy, paternalistic, oppression)
11 Indecently Exposed with Jane Elliot VideoIndecently Exposed with Jane Elliot
12 TERMINOLOGY and being “POLITICALLY CORRECT” What is a Spiritual Helper?How do you identify an Elder?WHAT IS THE PROTOCOL?Indian, Aboriginal, Native, Indigenous, ??? Which one???
13 Social Work Code of Ethics Professional Diversity: “The COE does not specify which values and principles are most important & which outweigh others in instances of conflict”Mainstream identifies self by profession while Aboriginal people identify by family and communitySocial work is a recognized profession where individuals choose to pursue this career.Aboriginal Helpers are identified by community, Elders or family and sometimes had no choice. Aboriginal community members all have responsibilities to society as “helpers” and work in various environments ranging from spiritual to community without boundaries by sectors: employment, corrections, child welfare, education, health, political involvement, leaders, etc. Helpers see themselves as “social workers” in the modern context but not in terms of “qualified, licensed practitioner”.
14 Social Work Code of Ethics and Aboriginal Laws Value 1: “Respect for the Inherent Dignity & Worth of Persons” – uphold human rights but can “uphold the right of society to impose limitations on the self-determination of individuals”Aboriginal Law: no one person’s way is right and we never force anyone – freedom of choice alwaysValue 3: Service to Humanity “When acting in a professional capacity… use their power and authority in disciplined and responsible ways that serve society”Aboriginal Law: No individual is more important than another; Individuals hold no power or authority over anyone;
15 Social Work Code of Ethics and Aboriginal Laws Value 4: “Social workers strive for impartiality in their professional practice, and refrain from imposing their personal values, views & preferences on clients.”Principle: “avoid relationships where their integrity or impartiality may be compromised..”Aboriginal helpers strive to build rapport, develop relationships, build trust and often use traditional practices customs and beliefs to influence an individual to return to traditional practices, beliefs and customs.Principle: create open and honest dialogue to build relationship and demonstrate integrity
16 Social Work Code of Ethics and Aboriginal Laws Value 5: Confidentiality to Professional Practice“Social workers only disclose confidential information to other parties (including family members) with the informed consent of clients, clients’ legally authorized representatives or when required by law or court order” “Social workers respect the client’s right to confidentiality of information shared in a professional context.”Aboriginal Law: Any information shared by an individual to a Helper cannot be disclosed to anyone else unless protocol is followed. An individual’s identity is never disclosed to anyone. Personal information is shared during various ceremonies; content is never disclosed to anyone outside of circle once ceremony is complete. An individual’s word or handshake is binding.Aboriginals do not talk about each other, especially if the words are negative and the other person is not present (viewed as gossip and frowned on).
17 Social Work Code of Ethics and Aboriginal Laws Value 6: “Competence in Professional Practice”“Social workers respect a client’s right to competent social worker services”“Social workers demonstrate due care for client’s interests and safety by limiting professional practice to areas of demonstrated competence”Social workers strive to maintain and increase their professional knowledge and skillLaw determines competency: Traditional helpers have “earned” or “been given” the rights to some ceremonies by traditional EldersHelpers are taught by Elders who are culturally recognized IN THEIR OWN communities Knowledge is not something that can be paid for, bought or acquired through an educational institution.Helpers do not all learn the same information, nor are they “qualified” to provide every practice or ceremony.Mainstream social workers do not have access to these learning systems to gain competency or knowledge.
18 Best Practices & Standards of Practice “The standard of care ordinarily expected of a competent social worker. It means that the public is assured that a social worker has the training, the skill and the diligence to provide them with social work services”Best Practices for Aboriginal People would involve criteria that assures the Aboriginal public that a social worker or Helper has the training, the skill and the diligence to provideAboriginal people with social work services.Ideally, this would mean that social work, as a profession, acknowledges the unique learning in Aboriginal environments that is critical in the development of “qualified” helpers.Social workers must identify their limitations, and in the intent of best practices, begin to access these “qualified” helpers.
20 Foundation of Aboriginal Model SpiritualityRelationshipsCommunityLife Mother Earth
21 FoundationTipi represents: individual, home, communityPoles used to build foundation of tipiThe 3 poles are the key poles in construction of tipiPoles represent: spirituality, community and relationshipsAll aspects of our Aboriginal culture are built on the philosophies grounded on the values of spirituality, relationships and communityFire represents life, healing: Mother Earth represents all Life.Each is interdependent on the other – pull one away and the other two poles fall.
22 Reaching Our Relations as Aboriginal Helpers in Social Work
23 Aboriginal ParadigmAboriginal people develop a sense of belonging in communities from their unique connection with spirituality and the strength of their relationshipsEach key element is connected to each other through various “links” or “aspects” that each person experiences in life.Assessments should be extensive to explore all links that connect to an Aboriginal person.Exploration of each aspect in an Aboriginal’s life will identify the specific “links that connect”; to supports and the foundation in their life and home; their families, their communities and the relationship with “Mother Earth”.