Culturally Sensitive Supervision of Arab Social Work Students in Western Universities

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*

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A large number of Arab social workers are trained in Western, postindustrial societies. This article describes the cultural value conflicts encountered by Arab social work students studying the profession in these societal contexts. Western values are a potential source of conflict, discomfort, and undesirable reactions during the student's professional training. Therefore, this article emphasizes the importance of taking into account the cultural identity of the Arab student as a principle of culturally sensitive supervision. The article also presents five functions of field work supervision that will promote the success of social work training of Arab social work students.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)166-174
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1997


  • Arab
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Social work education
  • Supervision
  • Values


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