National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

Knowledge Base of Culturally Competent Consultants

The efforts of the California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Guidelines Workgroup (2009) have established guidance on core knowledge, skills, and competencies for infant-family and early childhood mental health providers. Rather than simply state a global need for cultural competence, their work includes specificity related to the knowledge and skills required for providing services that are responsive to cultural and linguistic diversity. These include knowledge or understanding of:

  • The bio-social context of the family and community
  • The wide range of family structures, family dynamics, and cultural influences on family functioning
  • The influence of cultural issues in parenting and family/child development
  • The importance of family expectations regarding child development
  • The difference between cultural variations in development versus concern
  • Cultural context as a source of resiliency
  • Diverse cultures, their beliefs, values, and practices
  • The variance across cultures in mental health practices and how concerns or clinical issues present.
  • The significance of socio-cultural and political contexts for development of young children from diverse backgrounds, including the impact of poverty and marginalization

California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Guidelines Workgroup, 2009)




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