W2.A1 – Ecomap Yourself 655

I will provide book link and the replies and template in chat. Across its many modalities, the social work profession challenges its members to continually re-evaluate the way we engage with others around our differences. Using the ecomap template provided, create a visual self-reflection of your comfort level working with each of the following groups: 

A person whose age is significantly different from your own
A person whose racial, ethnic, or cultural identity differs from your own
A person whose sexual orientation or gender identity differs from your own
A person whose socioeconomic situation is significantly different from your own
A person who primarily speaks a different language from your own
A person with a disability and/or chronic illness
A person with a criminal record
A person who is abusing alcohol or drugs
A person who is recovering from an addiction
A person whose political beliefs strongly differ from your own

To create the map, put your initials in the center circle. Then, using the key provided, draw a line from your center to each of the groups named on the map. The line you draw should reflect your comfort level in the present day – not in the past, or what you hope it will be in the future.
Next, post your map to Panopto video and create a narrated response to the following questions:

With which client groups do you feel like you would struggle the most?
What specific actions can you take to work on biases and assumptions that would interfere with your ability to effectively help someone?

When reviewing each other’s responses, comment on at least two of your classmates’ ecomaps with suggestions for resources (i.e., professional associations, trainings, literature, popular media) to help them increase their understanding of client groups with which they currently struggle.
Ecomapping Instructions
1. Use the link provided to access the ecomap template in Lucidchart: https://app.lucidchart.com/invitations/accept/2197b568-e1ba-47c8-966c-33bd8e3702aa (Links to an external site.)
(Saint Mary’s students can log into Lucidchart via Google using their SMU-MN internet credentials.)
2. Under “File,” click on “Duplicate” and save your own version of the map under your own name.
3. Use the standard editing tools (text, arrows, etc.) to add your information to the map.
4. When you have completed your ecomap, go into the “File” menu, click on “Download As,” and select “PDF.” You will then be able to save the PDF.
5.  Record and share your video in your initial discussion post; be sure to include your PDF as part of the recorded presentation.
Response Prompt:
For your replies to peers, keep the following in mind: did you offer a real-life example/application for what was being discussed or offer additional insight?  Is your feedback “substantive” and professionally presented? I encourage the use of emoticons 😊 They are not exclusive to texting teenagers!