Cultural Competency

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Cultural Competency Dancing in Moccasins and Speaking Chinese Ollie Inez Taylor, Ph.D. GCDF 2012 Careers Conference January 31, 2012 Madison, Wisconsin oitaylor@aol.com C ultural Competency in reflecting on “ The Coming Racial Shift for the U.S.” ID: 772740 Download Presentation

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Cultural Competency Dancing in Moccasins and Speaking Chinese Ollie Inez Taylor, Ph.D. GCDF 2012 Careers Conference January 31, 2012 Madison, Wisconsin oitaylor@aol.com C ultural Competency in reflecting on “ The Coming Racial Shift for the U.S.”

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Cultural Competency Dancing in Moccasins and Speaking Chinese Ollie Inez Taylor, Ph.D. GCDF2012 Careers ConferenceJanuary 31, 2012Madison, Wisconsinoitaylor@aol.com

Cultural Competency in reflecting on “ The Coming Racial Shift for the U.S.” William Frey, The Brookings Institute, October 2011. 2

Cultural Competency in Respect to Self Awareness of our own cultural identityAwareness of differences between our culture and that of others Awareness of the impact of our culture on how we relate to other culturesAwareness of the impact of dominant cultures on non-dominant culturesAwareness of our personal level of multicultural competence Collins, S. & Arthur, N. (2007) A framework for enhancing multicultural counseling. Canadian Journal of Counseling. 41(1), 31-493

Cultural Competency in Respect to Others Awareness of the client’s/student’s cultureAwareness of the relationship of personal culture to health and well being Awareness of the socio-political influences that constrain and influence the lives of non-dominant populationsCollins, S. & Arthur, N. (2007) A Framework for enhancing multicultural counseling. Canadian Journal of Counseling. 41(1), 31-49 4

Cultural Competency in Respect to Creating Working Alliances Able to establish a trusting and respectful relationship with clients/students which is mindful of cultural identitiesAble to establish mutual goals that are responsive to salient dimensions of cultural identityAble to establish client/student and counselor tasks that are responsive to salient dimensions of cultural identityCollins, S, & Arthur, N. (2007) A framework for enhancing multicultural counseling. Canadian Journal of Counseling, 41(1), 31-49 5

Cultural Competency in Examining Normative Communication Styles and Value Systems 6

Cultural Competency in Respect to Determining Intercultural Sensitivity Denial: Does not recognize cultural differenceDefense: Recognizes some differences, but sees them as negativeMinimization : Unaware of projection of own cultural values; sees own values as superiorAcceptance: Shifts perspectives to understand the same “ordinary” behavior can have different meanings in different culturesAdaptation: Can evaluate others’ behavior from their frame of reference and can adapt behavior to fit the norms of a different culture Integration: Can shift frame of reference and also deal with resulting identity issues. http://www.awesomelibrary.org Milton Bennett 7

Cultural Competency by Escaping Racial and Cultural Oppression SocializationIalizationalization Anger Guilt Confusion Alienation Cycle ContinuesDissonancePath to liberation Internalization Cycle reinforced by Stereotypes Omissions People Systems Institutions Family Media distortions Both collude Both internalize the process Both view misinformation as differences that oppressed and oppressor view as wrong or abnormal 8

Cultural Competency by A wareness and Affiliation with Target Groups for Oppression Type of Oppression & Variable Racism (Race/Color)Classism (Socio-Economic status)Religious (Religion)Xenophobia (Immigrant status)Linguistic (Language)Sexism (Gender) Ageism (Age)Target Groups for OppressionPeople of ColorPoor, working class, and unemployed Muslims, Catholic, Jews, etc.Immigrants and non-citizen workersEnglish as a second languageWomen & alternative groupsElderly and Children 9

Cultural Competency by Awareness of President Clinton’s Race Advisory Board Racism is one of the most divisive forces in our societyRacial legacies still continue to haunt current policies and practices that create unfair disparities between majority and minority groups Racial inequities are so deeply ingrained in American society that they are almost invisibleMost white Americans are unaware of the advantages they enjoy in this society and that their attitudes and actions are Anglocentric. 10

Cultural Competency of the Fears of many white Americans Fear that what we have is often unearnedFear of losing what we have if at some point the economic, political, and social systems become more equitableFear of the possible scenario where a non-white people might someday gain the kind of power over whites that whites have long monopolized 11 Essay: Robert Jensen at the University of Texas Sept.9,2005. The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege

Cultural Competency in the power and influence of Microaggressions Microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities whether intentional or unintentional that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults towards people of color. Perpetrators of microaggression are often unaware that they engage in such communication when they interact with racial/ethnic minorities. Sue, Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life. May-June 2007 American Psychologist12