Cultural Humility: A Tool for Social Workers When Working with Diverse Populations

  • Belkys Sanchez Widener University
Keywords: cultural humility, competency, awareness, responsiveness, effectiveness of treatment, diversity, power differential, reflection, intervention


Although we have cultural competency-based educational lessons and trainings in our preparation to become social workers, it has long been considered that achieving cultural competency is impossible. Through cultural humility, one can be more culturally responsive as one achieves a level of openness and, therefore, be more successful when working with diverse populations. In this paper, I walk through some examples of my attempts to be culturally humble when working with diverse populations and how self-reflection has helped to foster this development.

Cultural Humility in Education and Practice