Activity: A Guide for Building My Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Use the grid that follows to rate yourself on each practice related to the three components of cultural and linguistic competence. Identify areas of strength and areas for growth toward cultural and linguistic competence to guide for your plan to build cultural and linguistic competence for mental health consultation. SELF-AWERENESS Regularly Sometimes Rarely Understand my

Building Cultural and Linguistic Competence

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Unpacking these three key components of cultural competence described in the previous section – Self-Awareness, Respect for Diversity, and Reflective Practices – into specific activities and behaviors provides a framework or guide for mental health consultants to build personal and professional cultural and linguistic competence. Movement towards cultural and linguistic competence is a developmental and very personal

Reflective Practices

Reflective practices are an essential component of working in the field of early childhood mental health. Using reflective practices to focus on culture’s influence on your work as an early childhood mental health consultant can help explore how your personal/professional attitudes, behaviors, and practices influence your work with young children, families, and program staff in

ACTIVITY: Respect for Diversity: Understanding Behavior Within A Cultural Context: Lucien

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Respect for diversity and viewing behavior through a cultural lens helps to understand behavior within its cultural context. This skill is essential to understanding the meaning of the behavior, identifying any concerns, and planning for any individualized intervention. The cultural context of behavior includes the cultural influences of family, community, and setting in which the

Respect for Diversity

Respect for diversity relates to many aspects of interacting with others who may or may not share your culture or worldview. By acknowledging differences and acquiring cultural knowledge, consultants can better understand behavior within a cultural context and build the capacity to engage, communicate, and provide services to diverse children, staff, and families more effectively.

ACTIVITY: Self-Awareness Personal/Professional Reflective Journey

The process of self-awareness requires investigation of the lessons, assumptions and culturally based information learned via family values and attitudes, education and training, and the work environment. To increase your personal awareness, please respond to the questions below. When you think of yourself and your family: In what countries, regions or states do you have

Key Components of Cultural and Linguistic Competence for Mental Health Consultants

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The culturally competent mental health consultant is able to recognize their own cultural perspective and influences; be open to, appreciate, and respect cultural differences; view intercultural interactions as learning opportunities; and integrate cultural resources to support effective consultation (Lynch & Hanson, 2002). ECMHC’s who strive to incorporate culturally and linguistically competent practices into their interactions

Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Consultation

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For the purposes of this tutorial, cultural competence is defined as a set of values and principles, behaviors, attitudes, policies, and practices that enable early childhood mental health consultants to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Linguistic competence is the capacity to convey information in a manner that is easily understood by children, families, and program staff from diverse backgrounds

This product was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM082070-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.