Improving Cultural Competence: Core Competencies, Evaluations, and Treatment (CU1920)

Author(s): US Dept of Health & Human Services

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, COHN/COHN-S, CRCC, Delaware BON

Credit Hours: 6

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This course is the Treatment Improvement Protocol 59: Improving Cultural Competence which focuses on the essential ingredients for developing cultural competence as a counselor and for providing culturally responsive services in clinical settings as an organization.

This is part one (of 4) and the test will be on chapters 1, 2, and 3 where we will define cultural competence, present a rationale for pursuing it, and describe the process of becoming responsive to client needs. It also addresses development of cultural awareness and provides guidelines for culturally responsive clinical services, including interviewing skills, assessment practices, and treatment planning.

Course Objectives

  1. Why cultural competence is important and outlining a path of how it is achieved.

  2. Defining culture, race, ethnicity and what the crosscutting factor are between each of them.

  3. Identifying the appropriate core counselor competencies and following a framework of self-assessment for cultural competence.

  4. Learning to endorse collaboration with clients in interviews, assessments, and treatment planning, along with engaging the families with treatment and the evaluation process.

Course Outline

  1. Chapter 1 - Introduction to Cultural Competence
    a. Purpose and Objectives of the TIP
    b. Core Assumptions
    c. What is Cultural Competence?
    d. Why is Cultural Competence Important?
    e. How is Cultural Competence Achieved?
    f. What is Culture?
    g. What is Race?
    h. What is Ethnicity?
    i. What is Cultural Identity?
    j. What are the Cross-Cutting Factors in Race, Ethnicity, and Culture?
    k. As You Proceed

  2. Chapter 2 - Core Competencies for Counselors and Other Clinical Staff
    a. Core Counselor Competencies
    b. Self-Assessment for Individual Cultural Competence

  3. Chapter 3 - Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Treatment Planning
    a. Step 1: Engage Clients
    b. Step 2: Familiarize Clients and Their Families With Treatment and Evaluation Processes
    c. Step 3: Endorse Collaboration in Interviews, Assessments, and Treatment Planning
    d. Step 4: Integrate Culturally Relevant Information and Themes
    e. Step 5: Gather Culturally Relevant Collateral Information
    f. Step 6: Select Culturally Appropriate Screening and Assessment Tools
    g. Step 7: Determine Readiness and Motivation for Change
    h. Step 8: Provide Culturally Responsive Case Management
    i. Step 9: Integrate Cultural Factors Into Treatment Planning

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I have always believed studying and understanding diverse culture is an important part of any counseling success. This course provides the why and how of how this may be accomplished.
Rosemarie F.