ERIC Number: ED399032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Building Cultural Competence: A Blueprint for Action.
Cultural competence is a set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable a system, agency, or individual to function effectively in trans-cultural interactions. The term refers to a person or program's ability to honor and respect the cultural differences of individuals and families who are clients and staff. A culturally competent system recognizes that: (1) families are the primary support system; (2) individuals and families make different choices based on cultural forces; and (3) cultural minorities must be at least bicultural to survive in society. Designed and compiled by the Community and Family Health Division (CFH) of the Washington State Department of Health, this guide serves as a "blueprint" for other agencies to adapt to multicultural needs. The guide reflects the actions of CFH to build cultural competence within its own system. Chapters in the guide are: (1) "Architects," describing the Multicultural Work Group's origins, functions, and responsibilities; (2) "Breaking Ground," describing workshops conducted by the Multicultural Work Group, including training goals and workshop development; (3) "Tools," describing training sessions and activities that meet the need for ongoing learning of CFH staff; (4) "Foundation," focusing on systemic changes at the state and national level; and (5) "Structure," outlining a strategic plan for cultural competence. Five appendices include definitions and the mission statement of the Multicultural Work Group. Contains 15 references. (BGC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Child and Adolescent Service System Program.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington