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Cultural Competence: The Immigrant Experience

Clinical practice currently faces a crisis of competence and conscience in the treatment of clients whose ethnicity, race, or class renders them minority groups in American society. Even with the best of intentions and belief in our own objectivity/impartiality, we practitioners often unwittingly, even unconsciously, impose presumptuous interpretations and interventions on clients’ lives. It should come as no surprise, then, that ethnic minority groups are the smallest users of mental health services, and when these groups do use treatment, they show the highest premature termination rate of any social group. Three experts discuss culture, class, gender, the family life cycle and how to work more effectively with minority and immigrant clients and families.

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses, case managers

This CE course is designated as intermediate. There is no known conflict of interest or commercial support.