Rapport, Empathy, and Oppression: Cross-Cultural Vignettes


  • Michael A. Dover Cleveland State University


This narrative focuses on cross-cultural vignettes from the author's practice in New York City during three periods in his professional life: (1) while working at a group home and studying for his BSW in the late 1970s, (2) as an MSW student in his first year placement in a child psychiatry setting, and (3) ten years later while working in a union-based social service program and teaching a course on oppression at Fordham University. The narrative explores cross-cultural social work by focusing on the themes of rapport, empathy and oppression-awareness.

*All names have been changed.


How to Cite

Dover, M. A. (2014). Rapport, Empathy, and Oppression: Cross-Cultural Vignettes. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 15(4), 21–29. Retrieved from https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/900



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