This module is open try to increase your awareness of your initial reaction/assumptions about a new person you meet (in a clinical and/or social setting). Be aware of the types of persons or...

This module is open try to increase your awareness of your initial reaction/assumptions about a new person you meet (in a clinical and/or social setting). Be aware of the types of persons or situations that make you uncomfortable (i.e., confrontational or angry clients or providers, talking about sex or gender identity, seeing persons from a different culture from your own). Feeling uncomfortable is not meant to imply bias. The discomfort may be from being unsure of the best way to interact/discuss difficult topics like losing weight or recommending an HIV test.)
 Any differences in care you observe that may be based on client characteristics or assumptions about a client (for example, a person explaining why they didn’t try lifestyle interventions with someone who is obese before starting meds: “I’m not going to bother talking to her about changing her diet because, as you can see, she is clearly not interested.”)
 How you respond in situations where another person makes statements or acts in ways that you feel are inappropriate, such as if someone makes a racist or sexist statement or uses demeaning language when describing someone.
I would like you to try to be more aware in your clinical setting but also in social settings if you wish. Try to recall at least one incident a day where you observed yourself in one of these situations or a similar situation and jot some details down.
For submission:
 Choose AT LEAST four situations and describe them (see below).
 Also, pick one where you wish things had gone differently or, looking back, you would like to have handled differently. Describe how you wished it had been handled differently.

Expert Answers
litgeek2015 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a very interesting assignment, but there is no way for me to answer this for you because eNotes educators do not work in a clinical setting as this requires. This assignment also requires you to do personal observations of encounters you are having. If we were to write this for you, which we cannot do, you would have to lie about those encounters. Of course none of us want that to happen, but we do want you to do well on this assignment. So, let's take a look at some strategies you might apply to help you complete these observations.

First, you have to record four observations, and at the beginning of the assignment it says to "be aware of the types of persons or situations that make you uncomfortable." It sounds like you are supposed to be analyzing why it is you initially felt uncomfortable. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable when we first meet someone because we unknowingly make an assumption about that person. It appears that this assignment is asking you to look at what assumption you might have made that led you to feel uncomfortable. That does not mean your assumption was right or wrong. Consider some interactions you have had where you may have wanted someone else to take over for you, you didn't know what to say to the person, or you wanted to avoid the person. Each of those interactions meant you were uncomfortable, and it would be worth looking at why.

Second, your assignment wants you to describe how you reacted in that scenario. For instance, if you did not know what to say to the person, did you simply avoid saying anything at all? Did you end up saying something you regret? Detail what happened and how you reacted while you were uncomfortable.

Finally, your assignment asks you to pick just one of these four incidents and explain "where you wish things had gone differently or looking back you would like to have handled differently. Describe how you wished it had been handled differently." Going back to the example from the previous paragraph, let's imagine you said something you regret. What do you wish you had said instead? Perhaps what you said made the situation more uncomfortable or caused the other person to react negatively. How could a different response from you have created a different outcome, and what would that different response have been?

It appears this assignment is simply trying to prepare you for situations in the real world where you may be caught off-guard or feel uncomfortable yet will still need to work through the situation. This assignment provides you with some insight into how you typically react in those situations and allows you, in a low-stakes way, to examine how to respond more effectively the next time.