CE Credits: 1.00
Speaker(s): Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD
Debates about multicultural competency, ethics of care, and social justice have proliferated throughout our mental health field and have become cliché conversations. Awareness of these issues serves as a way to evaluate the relationship between the ethics of cultural competence and normative Western mental health ethics.Ê We rarely explicitly state the essential principles of cultural competency but in essence they are: (1) acknowledgement of the importance of culture in people's lives, (2) respect and appreciation for cultural differences, and (3) minimization of any negative consequences of cultural differences. Culturally competent academicians, researchers, and clinicians must promote these principles by learning about culture, embracing pluralism, and proactive accommodation.