Full Course Description
Cultural Competencies in Mental Health
Ethics & the DSM-5®: Guidelines for the Integration of Cultural Competencies
- Client-centered approach to cultural competence
- Trends in cultural identity development
- Acknowledge cultural differences: terms of reference, racism and stereotypes
- Improve client rapport
- Make cultural connections
- Acquire knowledge & skills
- View behavior within a cultural context
- Exercise: Cultural Self-Assessment
Overcome Dilemmas in Practice
- Cross-cultural variations in presentations
- Cultural genograms
- Assessments and diagnostic protocols
- DSM-5® Cultural Formulation
- Ethical standards for culturally competent practice
- Cultural perspectives on therapeutic authority
- Referring without abandoning
- Effective self-disclosure
- Advocacy and social justice
- Exercise: Cultural Formulation Interview
Interventions & Strategies for Specific Populations
- Working with limited English proficiency and bi/multilingual clients
- When to use an interpreter
- Strategies for working with cultural transference and counter transference
- Avoiding and addressing unintentional cultural offenses toward clients
- Empathizing with victims as well as accused perpetrators of social injustice
- Understand client experiences of sexual identity and gender fluidity
- Strategies for supporting clients when therapist’s and client’s religious beliefs conflict
- Methods for building rapport with clients with various disabilities
- Adapting therapeutic style to client’s cultural presentation
- Case Examples: Cultural experiences therapists often misunderstand
Overcome Limitations of the Research & Potential Risks
- Limited empirical models
- Lack of professional awareness & confidence
- Changing cultural values, needs & expressions
- Incomplete scope: clients, counselors, supervisors, colleagues & community
- Implement the DSM-5® criteria and cultural formulation interview to accurately assess for cultural influences as it relates to diagnosis.
- Recognize biases to improve clinical strategies, rapport, and engagement with a variety of clients.
- Develop a deep understanding of the impact of varying cultural group experiences to enhance empathy in session.
- Establish ethical standards for a culturally competent practice related therapeutic authority and effective self-disclosure.
- Utilize clinical strategies to address unintentional cultural offenses towards clients to increase treatment effectiveness.
- Apply skills to overcome cultural barriers such as language, religion and different belief systems to improve session outcomes.