National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation
   

Activity: My Knowledge and Skills as a Culturally Competent Mental Health Consultant

Culturally competent and effective ECMH consultants must be able to recognize, describe, and integrate the influence of culture and language in the consultative process; demonstrating cultural competence through knowledge, skills, and specific practices that are responsive to diversity. Use the self-assessment grid below to reflect on your strengths in knowledge and skills and identify next steps to build cultural competence for mental health consultation.

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Please indicate your level of knowledge/skill for each item and identify Next Steps for building cultural competence for mental health consultation Next steps to build knowledge and skills
I have knowledge and understanding of:
  • The bio-social context of the family and community
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • The wide range of family structures, family dynamics, and cultural influences on family functioning
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • The influence of cultural issues in parenting and family/child development
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • The importance of family expectations regarding child development
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • The difference between cultural variations in development versus concern
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Cultural context as a source of resiliency
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • The variance across cultures in mental health practices and how concerns or clinical issues present.
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • The significance of socio-cultural and political contexts for development of young children from diverse backgrounds, including the impact of poverty and marginalization
    Minimal Moderate Strong
I have the skills that include the capacity to:
  • Acknowledge personal culture and reflect on impact of values, beliefs, perceptions on the consultant, child, family, and staff relationships
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Use varied approaches in working with children, families, and staff that engage all parties and their cultural perspectives
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Explore and understand cultural influences on family and staff perceptions and practices,
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Recognize and support cultural beliefs and values of families
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • View behavior through a cultural lens and consider cultural influences on variation in behavior and child development
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Consider culture and context as well as risk factors in planning assessment and intervention
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Integrate information from others (providers/caregivers) for a multidimensional assessment inclusive of health, physical, social, emotional, psychological and cultural aspects from a developmental and relational perspective.
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Provide guidance and information in a manner timed and suited to the parent’s strengths, concerns, priorities, and cultural values as well as in the appropriate language or literacy level.
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Offer individualized supports and interventions that are culturally relevant
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Select, demonstrate, and coach families on strategies to nurture a child’s development across all domains, including their strengths, emerging capacities, and cultural values
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Select strategies/interventions based on parent concerns, priorities and resources, including consideration for culture, language, and education
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Distinguish between resistance to change and a desire to uphold culturally appropriate behavior.
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Increase the capacity of families and staff to understand one another’s cultural perspective,
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Support continuity of care between home and the ECE setting
    Minimal Moderate Strong
  • Address and negotiate cultural differences
    Minimal Moderate Strong
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(California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Guidelines Workgroup, 2009; Duran et al, 2009)

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