ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.
- In Course 1, An introduction to cultural and linguistic competency, you'll learn what culture has to do with behavioral health care.
- In Course 2, Know thyself – Increasing self-awareness, you'll learn how to get to know your cultural identity and how it affects your work with clients.
- In Course 3, Knowing others – Increasing awareness of your client's cultural identity, you'll learn how to get to know your client’s cultural identity.
- In Course 4, Culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions and services, you'll learn how to build stronger therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds.
The estimated time to complete all 4 Courses is 5 hours. Courses 1 and 2 take approximately 1 hour each. Courses 3 and 4 take approximately 1.5 hours each.
All aspects of a provider's and a client's cultural identity influence the therapeutic process
This program is accredited for 5 contact hours for licensed alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists; and for 4 contact hours for social workers. Other professionals may earn a Statement of Participation.
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After completing this continuing education activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe how culture, cultural identity, and intersectionality are related to behavioral health and behavioral health care.
- Describe the principles of cultural competency and cultural humility.
- Discuss how our bias, power, and privilege can affect the therapeutic relationship.
- Discuss ways to learn more about a client's cultural identity.
- Describe how stereotypes and microaggressions can affect the therapeutic relationship.
- Explain how culture and stigma can influence help-seeking behaviors.
- Describe how communication styles can differ across cultures.
- Identify strategies to reduce bias during assessment and diagnosis.
- Explain how to elicit a client's explanatory model.
How to Obtain Credit
For successful completion of this activity and to obtain contact hours, the learner must register on this site, review the individual modules/content, obtain a minimum post-test score of 80%, and complete the course evaluation. Certificates and statements of credit are sent to the participant's computer. That's it - no need to wait for the certificate to be mailed to you!
Original Release Date: May 1, 2019
Last Date of Review: May 1, 2019
Estimated Time to Complete this Activity: 4-5 hours
Francis Lu, MD Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of California, Davis
C. Godfrey Jacobs, BA Senior Program Manager Health Determinants & Disparities Practice General Dynamics Information Technology
Jennifer Kenyon, BA Research Analyst Health Determinants & Disparities Practice General Dynamics Information Technology
Karolina Schantz, MPH Research Analyst Health Determinants & Disparities Practice General Dynamics Information Technology
Amanda Gashel, RN Echo 360 Continuing Education
Kameisha L. Bennett, MA HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Tenly Pau Biggs, MSW, LGSW HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Joyce P. Chu, PhD Palo Alto University
Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD Transcultural Mental Health Institute
Holly Echo-Hawk Echo Hawk & Associates
Joseph P. Gone, PhD University of Michigan
Gordon Nagayama Hall, PhD University of Oregon
Lisa M. Hooper, PhD University of Northern Iowa
Mario Hernandez, PhD University of South Florida
Rachel Kaul, LCSW, CTS HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Frederick Leong, PhD Michigan State University
Jeanne Miranda, PhD University of California – Los Angeles
Roslyn Holliday Moore, MS HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Patti Rose, EdD University of Miami
Tonia Schaffer, MPH HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Erlanger “Earl” Turner, PhD University of Houston