ACTIVITY: Dialoging Cultural Differences

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Pulido-Tobiassen and Gonzalez-Mena (1999) developed a 5 step strategy for dialoguing differences called R.E.R.U.N. The method is particularly relevant to early childhood mental health consultants who face the challenges of working with families and young children of diverse cultures and helping staff and families to negotiate and dialogue cultural differences. While the five steps of

Essential Cross Cultural Communication Strategies and Skills

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Effective early childhood mental health consultants must possess a high level of cross cultural communication skills. In addition to the very personal and culturally sensitive aspects of addressing child development, family life, and mental health, two issues dominate concerns about communication in the context of providing mental health consultation to young children, their families, and

Activity: My Knowledge and Skills as a Culturally Competent Mental Health Consultant

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Culturally competent and effective ECMH consultants must be able to recognize, describe, and integrate the influence of culture and language in the consultative process; demonstrating cultural competence through knowledge, skills, and specific practices that are responsive to diversity. Use the self-assessment grid below to reflect on your strengths in knowledge and skills and identify next

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes of Highly Qualified Consultants

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The research project, “What works? A study of effective ECMHC programs,” (Duran et al, 2009), affirmed that one of the five essential core areas of knowledge for effective consultation is cultural and linguistic competence, related to working with consultees (staff, families, children) and ECE organizations. Some study participants found it difficult to articulate how they

Activity: Standards of Practice and Cultural and Linguistic Competence

What are the standards of practice related to cultural and linguistic competence and addressing diversity associated with your training or professional organization? Your work place? Please list them below and indicate each standard’s source. Standard Training    Training  Profession  Work Place    Training  Profession  Work Place    Training  Profession  Work Place    Training  Profession  Work

Cultural Competence and Standards of Practice, Preparation, and Training

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Standards of Practice for Cultural Competence Standards of practice are usually established by professional organizations, endorsement programs, professional training programs, and higher education. They represent the combination of values, depth of knowledge, a research based perspective, and when available, an evidence-base of effectiveness for a given profession. Most mental health disciplines and professional organizations (including

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