National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

ACTIVITY: Dialoging Cultural Differences

Pulido-Tobiassen and Gonzalez-Mena (1999) developed a 5 step strategy for dialoguing differences called R.E.R.U.N. The method is particularly relevant to early childhood mental health consultants who face the challenges of working with families and young children of diverse cultures and helping staff and families to negotiate and dialogue cultural differences. While the five steps of the RERUN strategy are clear, applying them consistently takes some practice and skill.

In this activity you will:

  1. Review the steps of the R.E.R.U.N approach outlined in the chart below,
  2. View two video clips illustrating interactions between ECE providers and parents, and
  3. Respond to reflective questions after each video clip.

Step 1: Review the steps of the R.E.R.U.N. approach are outlined in the chart below.

R- Reflect Listen and let the other person know you are accepting of his or her thoughts and feelings.
E- Explain Put your own thoughts and feelings into words- " Here's what I think…feel"
R- Reason Provide your reason for what you think and feel- but not to "over-rule" the other person.
U- Understand Try to see the difference from both points of view- understand yourself and the other person
N- Negotiate When both parties are clear about the issues, begin to look for solutions together

Step 2: View each of the video clips, "Let Her Walk" and "El Gordito" from Essential Connections, Ten Keys to Culturally Sensitive Care, Child Care Video Magazine (WestEd and California Department of Education, 1993. Used with permission).

After each viewing, respond to the reflection questions in the box below the videos.

For a written transcript of each video segment, click here

Step 3: Respond to the reflection questions below for each video clip

  1. What steps in the RERUN dialogue process can be observed?
  2. Did both parties reach a mutual understanding? Explain.
  3. Did the parties negotiate a decision or plan? Explain.
  4. What other questions might have been asked?
  5. As a mental health consultant to staff, what guidance might you provide to the ECE staff?

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