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ERIC Number: ED371262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 18
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Developing Cultural Competence in Human Service Providers.
Krajewski-Jaime, Elvia R.; And Others
Cultural competence assumes greater importance in the United States as international relations shift and the United States changes its own demographic makeup. Hispanics have significant health care needs and cultural beliefs that influence their acceptance of service. As part of an effort to build cultural competence in undergraduate social work faculty and students, the Department of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University has begun a faculty-supervised field placement for students at a Mexico City hospital. The internships combine cognitive and affective experiences to help develop real intercultural sensitivity in the students and faculty. Students and faculty use the Bennett/Gunn intercultural model to keep track of their progress in intercultural awareness. They are immersed in Mexican culture, providing services to patients and their families and participating in an interdisciplinary seminar and coursework. The students tend to develop an understanding of the importance of cultural context and differences in understanding human behavior and providing service. Involved faculty tend to wonder how to trigger the same response in campus-based coursework. On-campus education for cultural competence needs to emphasize several needed factors: (1) a cognitive framework; (2) development of personality characteristics necessary for cultural competence; and (3) faculty who can model ethnorelativism effectively for their students. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico (Mexico City)