Critical Thinking

This section is intended to allow us to integrate the training content into the lived experiences of families. Each of these critical thinking questions addresses one or more of the people in the Carlson, Choi, or Johnson families, and examines an aspect of their lives.

Take time to think about each of these questions, and think about responses from multiple points of view. It may be helpful to go back and review sections of the curriculum, re-read the experiences of each family member, and engage in dialogue with community partners and co-workers.

  • Identify 3–5 ways culture shapes your work with families experiencing abuse.

  • Describe your culture. How does it shape your work with people experiencing abuse? People abusing? Children exposed to family violence?

  • Think of a time when you and someone (a friend, colleague, service provider) saw things two very different ways. From your perspective, how did your culture shape your understanding?

  • Write down 3–5 things related to your own culture. Explore how aspects of your culture can be used as a resource to support survivors. How could aspects of your culture be used to engage people abusing? Children and youth?

  • What assumptions could be made about Aimee and Young? How might those assumptions create barriers to safety and responsibility?

  • How could you incorporate the approach of cultural humility into your work with families experiencing abuse?