National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation
   

ACTIVITY: Activities to Support Staff’s Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Below is a list of possible consultant activities to support staff cultural and linguistic competence through consultation, staff development, or reflective practices. Please review the list below and check YES for those activities you already provide or NOT YET for those you will provide in the future.

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ACTIVITY

Provide training on the cultural context of family and community and their influence on family relationships, child rearing practices, and child development

Yes
Not Yet

Facilitate staff development learning experiences that include reflecting on personal culture (values, beliefs, and practices) and learning about other cultures.

Yes
Not Yet

Encourage staff to think about how culture might be an influence in child and family behavior and interaction in the child care setting and programmatic strategies to build cultural sensitivity.

Yes
Not Yet

Help staff to explore strategies to support a child’s ethnic and cultural identity and to promote social inclusion and respect for diversity in the ECE setting (i.e positive sense of self, support positive interactions, use of curricula, etc.)

Yes
Not Yet

Encourage staff to think of ways that they can support continuity of care, supporting caregiving practices that reflect each child’s home culture – both in programmatic as well as individual child focused strategies

Yes
Not Yet

Talk with staff about the ways in which understandings of mental health and related concepts (self-esteem, discipline, etc.) may differ for children based on culture.

Yes
Not Yet

Help staff to build skills for using skilled and reflective dialogue for  negotiating cultural differences, such as the R.E.R.U.N technique

Yes
Not Yet

Encourage reflective practices, supporting staff (individually, in teams, or group) in examining their feelings and behaviors in working with children and families who are culturally and linguistically diverse

Yes
Not Yet
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