TITLE

Working Together as Culture Brokers by Building Trusting Alliances with Bilingual and Bicultural Newcomer Paraprofessionals

AUTHOR(S)
Owen, Carol L.; English, Meme
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Child Welfare;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 84 Issue 5, p669
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The authors' reflect on the challenges and rewards of partnering as casework supervisors with bilingual and bicultural newcomer paraprofessionals in resettlement work with refugee youth. Such individuals are generally recruited for their linguistic abilities and cultural knowledge, but they can lack formal clinical training or licensing credentials. Drawing on their own experience as supervisors of bilingual and bicultural newcomer paraprofessionals from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, the authors compare their early attempts to establish trust and communication with insights gained in more recent supervisory experiences. Recommendations are offered that promote mutual understanding between newcomer paraprofessionals and their Western-trained supervisors.
ACCESSION #
18698561

 

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