Welcome to Lesson 4, On Care. Like Gratitude, Humility and Empathy I see Care as something better thought of as a skill than otherwise. Too often in my community work (mostly in diverse, urban communities) I have seen people show up to help on their own terms without thinking about the needs or cultural differences in their community. The results can be at times disastrous. Thinking of caring as a skill affords us the opportunity to slow down, think, learn, reason, and adapt our care for others to be effective.
In other words… caring should be about the needs of cared for and not the needs of the one providing the care.
Intersectionality – the analysis of how race, class, and gender interact to create systems of disadvantage that are interdependent is the cultural identity topic for this lesson.
Let’s look closer at the definition of intersectionality… view this a short 3:03 video about the term.
Our sociological look at intersectionality is well captured by the Four I’s of Oppression. View the 3:23 video below:
My hope is that the presentation of these complex ideas encourages your thinking that effective care is more than a feeling or desire to act, but in fact is a skill that takes knowledge and practice to perform.
How can one effectively care for others when cultural identities are so many, their intersection is so complex, and all of this occurs within interlocking systems of oppression?
Broaching is the primary technique I use in this regard. Day-Vines (2007) defines broaching in the following quote, “broaching is more than consideration or acknowledgement of racial and cultural factors; it refers to the counselor’s explicit efforts to both initiate and respond to the sociocultural and sociopolitical concerns during treatment.”
Using this one “meta-technique” is important to me for two reasons:
Before we transition to the dialogue video, please read the brief report on broaching. Please view the short dialogue, 13 minutes found below, where I will further discuss Broaching and the 3 D’s identified above.
Please spend some time before the next lesson sitting with this lesson. Do you know what you need to know and how to show effective cross-cultural caring?
Now that you have finished with Lesson 4, answer questions 10-12 on your worksheet. Once you mark this lesson complete, you can go to Lesson 5, the final one of the course!