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The Meanings of Cultural Competence in Mental Health-an Exploratory Focus Group Study With Patients, Clinicians, and Administrators

About the Course:

This course examines cultural competence across every level, clinicians, psychiatrists, administrators and patients. Participants were recruited from the psychiatry department of a major metropolitan hospital in Queens, NY selected due to its hyperdiversity. The participants also included independent practitioners. Focus groups were formed and interviews conducted. Patients wanted the focus on their experiences, not their skin color and ethnicity, while administrators saw cultural competence though the lens of demographic groups. Clinicians favored a person-centric approach. Each group cited common barriers to treatment which were unrelated to cultural competence. The authors recommend a specific cultural tool be used at the first session to form the patient’s point of view that sets the tone of cultural cooperation at the beginning of the treatment process.

This course is based on the article, The meanings of cultural competence in mental health-an exploratory focus group study with patients, clinicians, and administrators created by Neil Krishan Aggarwal et al. in 2016.

Publication Date:

March 31, 2016

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Neil Krishan Aggarwal
Neil Krishan Aggarwal is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His areas of research interest are cultural psychiatry, cultural-competence training, and psychiatric anthropology. He has published multiple books and articles.
Kryst Cedeño,
Ms. Cedano is a social work intern who has worked as a research assistant and has published findings associated with this research.
Peter Guarnaccia
Dr. Guarnaccia earned his doctorate in 1984 and is currently a professor at Rutgers University. His research includes conceptual development and applied applications to many of the important areas in culture and mental health research: cultural analyses of psychiatric epidemiology; the integration of cultural syndromes into psychiatric epidemiology and clinical research; family caregiving for a relative with serious mental illness; cultural competence in mental health services research; and processes of culture change among immigrants. His work has been published in multiple journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Acknowledge the need for cultural competence to facilitate a positive therapeutic relationship.
  2. Identify the patients’ view of how cultural competence is designed and implemented.
  3. Summarize the pitfalls of the way cultural competence training is focused.

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Course Number 102648
1.25 CE credit hour
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