Multicultural Competence

 

 

    As our society continues to become more diverse, it is imperative that psychology and other mental health professionals work towards becoming multiculturally competent providers (Sue & Sue, 2008). Cultural competence is an active, developmental, and continual process that is aspirational rather than accomplished. Multicultural competence is the continual acquisition of aware, knowledge, and skills that allows providers to work effective with culturally diverse individuals. 

    As our society continues to become more diverse, it is imperative that psychology and other mental health professionals work towards becoming multiculturally competent providers (Sue & Sue, 2008). Cultural competence is an active, developmental, and continual process that is aspirational rather than accomplished. Multicultural competence is the continual acquisition of aware, knowledge, and skills that allows providers to work effective with culturally diverse individuals.  

    Multiculturally competent individuals work towards increasing awareness of their own assumptions, values, bias that may interfere with their work with culturally different individuals (Sue & Sue, 2008). This awareness raising must take place on a cognitive and emotional level. Additionally, it is imperative that as individuals work towards increasing their multicultural competence they attempt to gain an increased their awareness and understanding of the worldviews of the diverse people with whom they work. Thus, individuals may not ascribe to the same worldview and values as the individual with whom they work, but rather they are open and receptive to understanding the importance of those perspectives. It is based on this awareness and gained knowledge that individuals strive to apply culturally-appropriate skills in clinical and other applied psychological practices.

Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2008). Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice (5th  ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

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