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Working with special populations in any field can present challenges that require special competencies. This is particularly true in the substance abuse field. There are assessment and treatment approaches. In addition, specific demographic factors such as age, socioeconomic status, family composition, and parenting styles can influence the development of these disorders and have to be addressed in the assessment and treatment plan. The success or failure of treatment can be directly related to the accommodation of these factors.
Specifically address substance abuse.
1. Explain how you would work with children and adolescents with cultural competency.
2. Describe the particular issues that might arise when working with children and adolescents.

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Culture can be defined as enduring behaviors, ideas, attitudes, and traditions that are shared by a group of people and can be passed down from one generation to the next. Some elements that comprise culture are geographic region, politics, religion, weather, dress, rituals, food, value of money, work ethic, family structure, domestic roles etc.

Children and adolescents of substance abusers need to be educated about what substance abuse really is and how to handle their feelings and their problems safely without using. Children and adolescents of families that are affected by substance and chemical dependency have a greater genetic susceptibility to factors that can put them at risk for substance abuse. These factors can be family history ...

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Discusses how substance abuse can affect the family of the abuser, and the challenges of working with the diverse population of those who abuse substances. Also discusses the challenges the abuser and family of the abuser may find when seeking counseling.

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You have been hired as the manager of human resources (HR) by the company's chief executive officer (CEO). During your interview process, the CEO indicated that in the last 2 decades, the workforce demographics of her company had changed dramatically. Although this had been occurring, both the previous HR manager as well as all of the company's front-line supervisors had remained as they had been for years: primarily, white males, now in their 50s and early 60s, from a Judeo-Christian background. The CEO indicated that at a frequent rate, workplace strife had been increasing, and it seemed related to the changing demographics of the workforce itself. The CEO asked you to compile a training manual that consists of sections that are meant for the training of employees and to raise awareness and sensitivity to diversity issues.

To complete the CEO's request for a comprehensive training manual, she has asked you to first create a table of contents for the manual and to complete at least 20% of the manual itself.

Diversity Training Manual: Overview

The content of the complete manual will be developed throughout the course and will need to cover diversity issues, specifically the following forms of discrimination:

There must be information regarding the following:
Recent trends
Forecasts about the changing general population
Legislation covering these type issues

There will need to be subsections that deal with the following information:
Customs and values of each group
The need for sensitivity to differing values and customs
Legislation affecting supervisor regulations

Diversity Training Manual: Part I

Given that the training manual will be dealing with several diversity issues, prepare the table of contents and write the first part of the manual, which should deal with some useful background for the company's existing and future hourly employees.
The first parts that the CEO wants completed are as follows:

A preliminary outline of the entire manual (this may change as you work on the project)

The table of contents

The following sections regarding in the demographics of the U.S. population should be included:
o Current statistics
o Recent trends
o Forecasted trends

Using the Web sites listed, present information about trends in the U.S. populations regarding the following information:
o Immigrant versus native
o Religion
o Age
o Race

References needed.

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