Building Multicultural Competency: Development, Training, by Joseph L. White, Sheila J. Henderson

By Joseph L. White, Sheila J. Henderson

Presently, the psychological overall healthiness team is neither expert nor staffed in a fashion that adequately addresses the basic wishes of the becoming multicultural inhabitants. This needs to switch. The twenty first century calls for an cutting edge paradigm in multicultural psychology that allows you to increase the normal for psychological future health professionals.

Building Multicultural Competency solutions this desire by means of supplying a brand new Multiracial/Multiethnic/Multicultural Competency development Model―a version that, in nice aspect, offers correct options to this growing to be challenge. This publication will offer participants, scholars, execs, educators, and directors who're concerned about the sphere of psychology with a map on the best way to construct the multicultural competency abilities that may let them functionality cross-culturally. The resolutions are in my view enriching, useful to various peoples, and influential to different contributors, teams, and associations.

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Each of these junctures is likely to be emotionally challenging and consequentially life changing. Whether concurrent to or sequentially after the conceptual/theoretical/intellectual change process, we challenge mental health professionals to reach toward other multicultural groups on a heart level through experiential dialogue and relationships. Multicultural learning takes on new meaning when one engages in dialogue with others. How can one find opportunities for such dialogue? The National Multicultural Conference and Summits offer these opportunities through their “difficult dialogues,” which are part of the conference design.

Soon, they might “The Browning of America” 21 assume leadership in developing strategies for bringing multicultural competency to institutions. Later, those same professionals might adopt social advocacy roles that affect APA policy and state and federal initiatives. Today’s frequent discussions on the globalization of psychology (Marsella, 2007) imply global dimensions in multicultural psychology, so mental health professionals might consider even larger creative initiatives that include a global scope such as working in collaboration with the United Nations (Murray, 2002) and much more.

As a higher level of privilege is juxtaposed to one lower, a mental health provider can play a part in validating the injustice of that privilege or perpetuating it, depending on the multicultural competence of that provider. Consequently, when the injustice of unequal privilege is recognized and discussed openly, that mental health provider is in a strong position to recognize and honor the client’s heritage of cultural strengths. This can be the source and platform for building a sense of group membership and positive cultural identity, about which the individual himself or herself may not be aware or tend to initially reject.

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