Lessons From the City of Angels

  • Catherine Goodman Department of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California
  • John Casey Department of Children and Family Services, County of Los Angeles, is currently a student in the MSW program in Department of Social Work, California State University Long Beach

Abstract

This narrative examines how discussions dealing with diversity can turn intense and uncomfortable. Not only my peers, but also my students, advised me to exert more control over the discussions in class. However, by listening to my instincts and allowing the students to continue to express themselves, I introduced an exercise that allowed them to discuss diversity from their personal viewpoints. This was a turning point, for myself and the class, teaching the need for unity in a multicultural world.Copyright of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is theproperty of Cleveland State University and its content may not be copied oremailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyrightholder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, oremail articles for individual use.

Author Biographies

Catherine Goodman, Department of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California
John Casey, Department of Children and Family Services, County of Los Angeles, is currently a student in the MSW program in Department of Social Work, California State University Long Beach
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