Discuss a way in which the population(s) served by your practicum site are oppressed, marginalized, alienated, or given unequal access to opportunity or power over their lives.
Service is for an Outpatient service for clients with severe Mental Health issues and Severe Drug addiction. List of
concerns Clients have to follow a kosher diet even if they are not Jewish. Clients want to achieve independent living
– No opportunity to cook as no kitchen is available for them to utilize. Clients’ vast majority not working therefore
limited income to save for rental deposit. No availability of outreach workers, if clients should obtain a private
rented home. Realistically, very few clients have the ability to live independently.
Due to their drug dependency or mental health issue. Some clients sleep through the entire training program and have accessed the service for decades. Some clients come and go as they please.
They will sit and eat breakfast and lunch but will not remain in program.
There are no consequences to not adhering to the program rules. Predominately men of color who access the service.
The area is deemed to be an inner-city poverty trap. Very few clients are working most receive SSI the ones who are working receiving cash in hand. Some clients are mandated to attend the program via the Court system.
Some clients simply resent being in the service.
Many of the staff members are young men and women who have no experience of mental health awareness or issues the clients do not respect them.
How do you relate to these concerns in terms of your own privileges or marginalization?
How would authentically discuss your own privilege or marginalization with clients, colleagues, or your supervisor?