National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

Building Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Unpacking these three key components of cultural competence described in the previous section – Self-Awareness, Respect for Diversity, and Reflective Practices - into specific activities and behaviors provides a framework or guide for mental health consultants to build personal and professional cultural and linguistic competence. Movement towards cultural and linguistic competence is a developmental and very personal process or journey. The starting point for this journey is less important than the consultant's willingness to address the elements of cultural and linguistic competence and to make progress in building their awareness, knowledge and skills. When working toward cultural and linguistic competence, it is essential to engage in authentic periodic self-assessment and self-reflection in order to acknowledge areas of strength as well as plan steps and approaches to improve areas that require growth and development.




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