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Introduction to Cultural Competence

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Credit Value: 4
Exam Questions: 40
Passing Grade: 30 correct
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Course Description:

This course is based upon material published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is part of their recently published Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) on improving cultural competence.

 

According to SAMHSA – The development of culturally responsive clinical skills is vital to the effectiveness of behavioral health services. According to Cross et al in 2001 cultural competency is a set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that . . . enable a system, agency, or group of professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) uses Sues (2001) multidimensional model for developing cultural competence. Adapted to address cultural competence across behavioral health settings, this model serves as a frame-work for targeting three organizational levels of treatment: individual counselor and staff, clinical and programmatic, and organizational and administrative.

 

Chapter 1, an Introduction to Cultural Competence, reviews what cultural competence is and why it is important.  The course materials continue with a discussion of how how cultural competence is achieved.  It does this by first defining what is meant by culture, race, ethnicity and cultural identity.  The course materials then discuss the cross cutting factors involved in race, ethnicity and culture in detail.

 

Although this document was written from the perspective of providing drug treatment services, it contains some of the most current research and collaboration from renowned sources in the field.  It was extensively revised and vetted by a wide array of behavioral health specialists and has undergone a more rigorous screening and review than most peer reviewed publication.   As a result, the information is appropriate for clinicians who work with a wide variety of presenting problems, not just those involved in substance abuse treatment.

 

This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of cultural competence. The course material includes an introduction to the literature on culture, race and ethnicity as well as a review of cross cutting factors. 

 

This course is particularly useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.  It is especially appropriate for behavioral health workers who require cross cultural counseling content for license renewal.

 

Authors:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

 

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding cultural competence.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify cultural competence and why it is important.
  • Distinguish how cultural competence is achieved.
  • Recognize what is meant by culture, race, ethnicity and cultural identity.

 

Citation:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Improving Cultural Competence. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 59. Chapter 1: An Introduction to Cultural Competence.  HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4849. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.

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