course »Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

Date: 1/17/2019, 9:15 am—12:15 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 3
Location: Berkeley
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
How can I ever become “competent” in a culture that is not my own?

Cultural competency training was the focus of many providers who were serving increasingly more diverse population, with the idea that if they could become more culturally sensitive or competent, that they could provide better care for their patients. While the intention was a good one, the dynamic it often set up was that they were still the expert, the client was “the other,” and ultimately that the providers knew better than the clients and what the clients’ experience was and needs were.

Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection and discovery to understand oneself and then others in order to build honest and trustworthy relationships (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998).

This training introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.