Multicultural Issues in Human Services

Case Study Instructions
Doug and Mary are a deaf couple who have been married for 10 years, with three children.  Doug has been contacting counseling agencies to request marital counseling, and to ask if a counselor is available to use American sign language, or if an interpreter can be provided.  Doug and Mary are Christians, and regularly attend a Baptist church.  Doug is African American, and Mary is European American.  They would prefer to meet with a Christian counselor.

Title Page: Include a Running head and page numbers in the header.  The Running head is an abbreviated title for your paper (for example, if the paper title was Multiculturally Sensitive Counseling Case Study, the left header might be: Running head: CASE STUDY).  Page numbers begin on the title page in the right header (number only).  Centered on the title page, between the top and middle of the page, is the Paper Title, Your Name, and University (no other information).  Follow current APA professional style standards. 

The title of the paper is repeated on the first page of the body of your paper.  Center and do not bold the paper title.  Begin your paper with a brief introductory paragraph where you explain what you plan to cover in your paper, and why it is important (there is no heading for the introduction).  An abstract is not required for this assignment.  The body of the paper must be 5-7 pages for full credit.  Use the following headings for sections in your paper.
Local Community Resources and Supports
Research at least two local agencies that would be good resources for the client(s) you are assisting.  Summarize what services each resource provides, explain any associated costs, describe the intake requirements and process, and explain how these agencies could be useful in supporting the client(s) you are working with, with emphasis on cultural sensitivity.  This is an opportunity for you to explore and learn more about local resources that are sensitive to meeting multicultural needs.  This section should be 2 pages (1 page per resource).

Cultural Research
If you were the counselor or human services professional working with these clients, consider what research you would want to do in preparation.  Use at least three peer-reviewed journal articles dated within the last 5 years in this section.  Look for current, relevant research to increase your knowledge of culture and techniques that would improve your multicultural sensitivity in working with these specific clients.  This section should be approximately 2-3 pages.
This is your opportunity to reflect on what you discovered while researching for local resources and supports, and while doing cultural research.  How multiculturally sensitive did you find your community and religious supports?  Did the process of researching resources and literature better prepare you for addressing cultural needs?  Do you think you could potentially experience any biases or limitations in working with these clients?  This section should be approximately -1 page.
End with a brief conclusion paragraph where you summarize what you covered in your paper, and comment on what additional research you believe is necessarily relevant to the cultural topics you explored.
After you conclude your paper, begin the references on a new page.  Center (do not bold) the References heading at the top of the page. You need at least 3 peer-reviewed journal articles dated within the past 5 years, in an alphabetized list.  Every source that you include in the references should be cited in your paper.  Double-space.  You may also include our course textbook as an additional source.
Additional notes regarding your case study:
Reserve the use of direct quotes for the most significant information that it would be difficult to put into your own words and cite.  Do not use lengthy quotes (no quotes that are 40 or more words).  You may use first-person pronouns (I, my, me, mine) in the case study.  The case study is meant to be brief and introductory; do not add to or attempt to finish the case scenario.. 

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