ERIC Number: ED301003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Services to Minority Populations: What Does It Mean To Be a Culturally Competent Professional?
McManus, Marilyn C., Ed.
Focal Point, v2 n4 p1-9 Sum 1988
This issue of "Focal Point" addresses the delivery of services to children who are ethnic minorities of color and who have severe emotional disabilities. The cover article offers five keys to the provision of professionally competent services with such children: awareness and acceptance of cultural differences, awareness of the professional's own cultural values, understanding of the "dynamics of difference" in the helping process, knowledge of the client's culture, and ability to adapt practice skills to fit the client's cultural context. "Developing Cultural Competence for Agencies" helps social service agencies develop and assess their level of cultural competence through examination of their goals; agency structure; staff, board, and agency attributes; etc. A literature review explores the types of cultural competence models in use by agencies, including the outreach model, the mainstream agency support of services by minorities model, bilingual/bicultural services, and minority agencies providing services to members of minority communities. The Child and Adolescent Service System Program Minority Initiative, a program of the National Institute of Mental Health, is also described. Other newsletter features include lists of available materials and meeting notes. (JDD)
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Delivery Systems, Emotional Disturbances, Ethnic Groups, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Relationship, Minority Groups, Models, Professional Services, Self Evaluation (Groups), Social Agencies, Social Services, Staff Development
Portland State University, Research and Training Center, Regional Research Institute for Human Services, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Regional Research Inst. for Human Services.