Bees with patients/ clients: do you talk politics?

posted 5 months ago in Career
Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

DeniseSecunda :  lol who are you?

actually, quite a few people agreed with my comments. Not sugar-coating everything is ‘mean’ and ‘combative’.

And I stand by my response  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Double!

Post # 34
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Helper bee

beekeeper2018 :  I totally agree, having the comments happen in the hallway Is inappropriate!

Post # 35
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Helper bee

I used to be a teaching assistant in a university. Students would come to me and ask my political opinions about elections. I always declined discussing it with them because I wanted them to form their own opinions I also tutored students of various ages. Most of them were lefties and complained about how their teachers tried to influence their minds politically. They came to me for facts because they wanted objectivity. 

Interestingly, I found mysef and other people talking aboout Donald Trump. Here in Canada, every one hates him. So, when one person says some thing about him, every other person who overhears the conversation also joins the conversation with some thing negative to say about the guy. Even my professors who were very silent politically post negatively about Trump in their facebooks. 

If I were this counsellor’s client, I would school her thoroughly.

 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I teach Politics at a German high school, so talking politics is necessary. There are some topics where I make my opinion clear, for example when we’re talking about racism, extremism and equality in general. I also cover political parties but try my very best to be neutral when I describe what it is these parties want or have done – unless a party is openly racist, homophobic, sexist etc. As a teacher, I have to adhere to what our Grundgesetz says (our constitution), and it’s more than clear on these matters. 

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

kittemae1990 :  You’re in a very different situation there – it is actually my job to introduce my pupils to the values of our constitution, so I need to call out inappropriate behaviour, unless the other pupils to it. Actually, I had a fun experience recently. I was walking along a hallway with one of my almost-grown up pupils who used to be very shy but who has come out of her shell, partially because she’s been very active in two school clubs that promote fairness and equality. We passed two younger pupils when one of them called the other a homophobic slur and it was my older pupils who was faster to react. I was so proud of her <3

I also call out my colleagues when they say things that don’t align with the values of our constitution. We need to be role models, after all.

Post # 40
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Helper bee

i work with patients, and i do not bring up politics.  But if a patient wanted to discuss it with me, I would…I likely wouldnt give my opinions though.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

It’s pretty ridiculous that the other therapist was discussing socialism in such a negative way. I think it’s fine to talk about politics in the context of the advocacy for that individual’s rights (say they have a disability and encouraging them to get involved in a local organization related to their disability/do marches, etc). We as a country need to get more involved and active, and this can provide further meaning to someone’s life. However, your (in this case, your coworker’s) economic views are not constructive or relevant to the condo, and if someone tries to get into a debate, I might say, “oh, that’s an interesting viewpoint/perspective” and redirect the conversation. 

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

I’m a clinical social worker and definitely do not talk politics with any of my clients!  They often share what their beliefs are but I, like you, respond very neutrally so the person knows they were heard.  Of course we are human beings and our clients know that we are not valueless and without opinions, but I believe you really have to be careful.  If she is actually engaging in spouting off all of her beliefs it makes me wonder whose needs are being met in those sessions – the counselor or the client!  Yikes! 

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

kittemae1990 :  Yeah, in occupational therapy, it’s the same way. I think it’s hard to be too socially conservative when you care about clients of various backgrounds and see how they’re impacted. By the way, social workers are great, and I have so much respect for all that you do! 😊

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