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Improving Cultural Competence Unabridged

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Improving Cultural Competence Unabridged – Online CE Course

(Satisfies CA BBS requirement – CA Cultures and the Social and Psychological Implications of Socioeconomic Position)

Improving Cultural Competence Unabridged Course Objectives and Outline:

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe at least one way in which socioeconomic status impacts social and psychological welfare.
  2. Describe at least one self-assessment strategy for developing individual cultural competence.
  3. Explain at least two treatment strategies that demonstrate culturally responsive evaluation and treatment.
  4. Discuss at least one way to incorporate cultural factors into treatment planning.
  5. Describe at least two ways in which immigration history and status may impact treatment.
  6. Explain at least one role for the clinician in developing cultural self awareness.
  7. Discuss at least one role for the clinician in promoting identity development.
  8. Discuss at least one role for the clinician in promoting cultural counseling theories and social justice.
  9. Discuss at least one role for the clinician in developing individual and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse and techniques populations.
  10. Discuss at least one role for the clinician in eliminating biases and prejudices.
  11. Describe at least two core clinician cultural competencies.
  12. Explain at least two behavioral health treatment strategies for African and Black Americans.
  13. Explain at least two behavioral health treatment strategies for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander populations.
  14. Explain at least two behavioral health treatment strategies for Hispanic and Latino Americans.
  15. Explain at least two behavioral health treatment strategies for Native Americans.
  16. Explain at least two behavioral health treatment strategies for White Americans.

Course Outline:

  1. Chapter 1—Introduction to Cultural Competence
    1. Purpose and Objectives of the TIP
    2. Core Assumptions
    3. What Is Cultural Competence?
    4. Why Is Cultural Competence Important?
    5. How Is Cultural Competence Achieved?
    6. What Is Culture?
    7. What Is Race?
    8. What Is Ethnicity?
    9. What Is Cultural Identity?
    10. What Are the Cross-Cutting Factors in Race, Ethnicity, and Culture?
    11. As You Proceed
  2. Chapter 2—Core Competencies for Counselors and Other Clinical Staff
    1. Core Counselor Competencies
    2. Self-Assessment for Individual Cultural Competence
  3. Chapter 3—Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Treatment Planning
    1. Step 1: Engage Clients
    2. Step 2: Familiarize Clients and Their Families With Treatment and Evaluation Processes
    3. Step 3: Endorse Collaboration in Interviews, Assessments, and Treatment Planning
    4. Step 4: Integrate Culturally Relevant Information and Themes
    5. Step 5: Gather Culturally Relevant Collateral Information
    6. Step 6: Select Culturally Appropriate Screening and Assessment Tools
    7. Step 7: Determine Readiness and Motivation for Change
    8. Step 8: Provide Culturally Responsive Case Management
    9. Step 9: Integrate Cultural Factors Into Treatment Planning
  4. Chapter 4—Pursuing Organizational Cultural Competence
    1. Cultural Competence at the Organizational Level
    2. Organizational Values
    3. Governance
    4. Planning
    5. Evaluation and Monitoring
    6. Language Services
    7. Workforce and Staff Development
    8. Organizational Infrastructure
  5. Chapter 5—Behavioral Health Treatment for Major Racial and Ethnic Groups
    1. Introduction
    2. Counseling for African and Black Americans
    3. Counseling for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders
    4. Counseling for Hispanics and Latinos
    5. Counseling for Native Americans
    6. Counseling for White Americans
  6. Chapter 6—Drug Cultures and the Culture of Recovery
    1. What Are Drug Cultures?
    2. The Role of Drug Cultures in Substance Abuse Treatment
  7. Appendix A: Bibliography
  8. Appendix B: Instruments To Measure Identity and Acculturation
  9. Appendix C: Tools for Assessing Cultural Competence
  10. Appendix D: Screening and Assessment Instruments
  11. Appendix E: Cultural Formulation in Diagnosis and Cultural Concepts of Distress
  12. Appendix F: Cultural Resources
  13. Appendix G: Glossary
  14. Appendix H: Resource Panel
  15. Appendix I: Cultural Competence and Diversity Network Participants
  16. Appendix J: Field Reviewers
  17. Appendix K: Acknowledgments

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2015). Behavioral health trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 15-4927, NSDUH
Series H-50). Retrieved from


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