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What is the cultural diversity of the staff at your site? Is it heterogeneous or homogeneous? Is there an overall culture of the site? Explain your answer.

The staff at my practicum site is very culturally diverse on every level. I would say that there is an equal balance between males and females. The easiest way to break it down is as follows:

· Executive Director- Caucasian male in mid-50s

· Director- male (Asian descent) in mid-50s

· Psychiatrists- Male and female Caucasians in mid 50s

· Clinical Supervisor- Female (Latina decent) in mid 50s

· Marriage and Family Therapists- African American and Caucasian (both male and female) in the mid-late 40s

· Substance Abuse counselors- African American and Caucasian (males) in the mid-40s

· Interns- African, Caucasian, Latina descent, Haitian (ranging from the late 20s to mid-late 40s)

· Secretaries and other office staff are all females of Latina decent

The overall culture of the site is that of a family environment in which we all understand and try to help one another out (whether its sharing techniques that may work with a particular client or doing an intake for someone cause they are busy) in order to implement the program’s vision and mission of helping residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement. I see the diversity of the staff as a reflection of the population we provide a service to.

As one of 2 African American substance abuse counselors at the site, clients have told me, that it was refreshing to see someone that looks like them, trying to help them in their recovery. In addition, the counselors that are of Latina descent are able to provide bilingual counseling for those with English as their second language. Regardless of our different backgrounds and ages, we are all reminded when we walk into the office to “Do not work harder than the client.” When I started, I thought it was a joke but as the weeks have passed and I see how an individual or group can have its ups and downs I understand more clearly why those words are written on the wall in the break room.

 

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Good afternoon Michael,

 

What is the cultural diversity of the staff at your site? Is it heterogeneous or homogeneous? Is there an overall culture of the site? Explain your answer.

I am located at two sites and I will have to say one site is homogeneous and the other site is heterogeneous. At the Avondale office majority of all the counselors are Hispanic and at my Avondale location their is more heterogeneous we have African American, Hispanics, Caucasians and counselors that are mixed races.

regarding gender the Avondale location only had females there and the Glendale office has 8 females and 2 males. I find this interesting how there are so manhy females in this field compared to males.

I actually feel more comfortable working at the Avondale office because of the variety of culture that is there and they are much more friendly. I also see a diversity in their client tel. I am mixed race and was blessed to be raised in a divers household. I really enjoy being around different cultures and being able to embrace what they can teach me.