Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Any Time
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Cost Range
To be determined

Host And Instructor

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Training Overview Description

To further support the effort to reduce mental health disparities among minority populations, OMH will highlight its latest e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavior Health Professionals. The free and accredited e-learning program is designed to develop behavioral health providers' knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). The program’s four courses will cover: Connection between culture and behavioral health; The impact of cultural identity on interactions with clients; Ways to engage, assess and treat clients from diverse backgrounds. Behavioral health professionals can earn up to five continuing education hours at no cost and upon the completion of the self-paced program, which is accredited for counselors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. To learn about the e-learning program visit the OMH website.

Event-specific Details

Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

In Course 1, An introduction to cultural and linguistic competency, you'll learn what culture has to do with behavioral health care.
In Course 2, Know thyself – Increasing self-awareness, you'll learn how to get to know your cultural identity and how it affects your work with clients.
In Course 3, Knowing others – Increasing awareness of your client's cultural identity, you'll learn how to get to know your client’s cultural identity.
In Course 4, Culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions and services, you'll learn how to build stronger therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds.
The estimated time to complete all 4 Courses is 5 hours. Courses 1 and 2 take approximately 1 hour each. Courses 3 and 4 take approximately 1.5 hours each.

Learning Objectives
After completing this continuing education activity, participants will be able to:

*Describe how culture, cultural identity, and intersectionality are related to behavioral health and behavioral health care.
*Describe the principles of cultural competency and cultural humility.
*Discuss how our bias, power, and privilege can affect the therapeutic relationship.
*Discuss ways to learn more about a client's cultural identity.
*Describe how stereotypes and microaggressions can affect the therapeutic relationship.
*Explain how culture and stigma can influence help-seeking behaviors.
*Describe how communication styles can differ across cultures.
*Identify strategies to reduce bias during assessment and diagnosis.
*Explain how to elicit a client's explanatory model.

Credit Information Please read this carefully
This program is accredited for 5 contact hours (not in all 50 states) for licensed alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists; and for 4 contact hours for social workers. Other professionals may earn a Statement of Participation.
How to Obtain Credit
For successful completion of this activity and to obtain contact hours, the learner must register on this site, review the individual modules/content, obtain a minimum post-test score of 80%, and complete the course evaluation. Certificates and statements of credit are sent to the participant's computer. That's it - no need to wait for the certificate to be mailed to you!

Registration Information

For more information or to register click on this link: