This is it! Our final installment of our blog series on the essential elements of cultural competence. I hope you've found the tips helpful as well as the article by Terry Cross and colleagues. In the article, the authors talk about cultural competence in relation to organizations and systems. In this blog series, we're attempting to pare it down to the individual and include tips on how to develop these skills in your home with your kids. Check out the previous installments on knowledge, interaction, self-assessment and valuing diversity. And let me know if you want more series like this one! What are you interested in? Do you have any burning questions? Leave a comment below or contact me directly to let me know your thoughts. I can't wait to hear from you!
So the fifth and final (at least according to the article) essential element for cultural competence is having developed adaptations to service delivery reflecting an understanding of cultural diversity. I think it's pretty clear that this one is tailor made for organizations as opposed to individuals, but I do think that we can reinterpret it to apply to children and adults. To me, this last element is all about taking action. How can we show that we have an understanding about cultural diversity? It's not enough just to acquire knowledge, it has to translate to actual changes in behavior. So how can you support the development of these changes in your child?
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Dr. Sweeney is a licensed school psychologist and cultural competence expert. Here are her musings on life in a multicultural world.
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