Evolving Demographics of our country

With the ever-evolving demographics of our country, cultural competence has become an essential ingredient in the creation of a positive climate. Cultural competence is the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of cultural, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds (Miranda, 2014). Cultural competence occurs when members of the community honor, respect, and value diversity in theory and in practice; and education and learning are made relevant and accessible to people of various cultures, races, and ethnicities.
There are numerous benefits related to culturally competent practice including: promoting mental wellness and positive behavior, supporting
academic/vocational and behavioral success, ensuring access to the full range of available services and activities to all people, and engaging clients and their families in the facility environment and the larger community.


Brief Research Facts and Cultural Considerations


 By 2060, 64% of children under 18 in the U.S. are projected to belong to
racial and ethnic minorities, as compared to 48% of children in 2014
(Colby & Ortman, 2014).
 Greater cultural competence of mental health service providers is
associated with better overall outcomes (access, participation,
satisfaction, and service outcomes) for African American youth and their
families (Mancoske, Lewis, Bower-Stevens, & Ford, 2012).
 Culture plays a crucial role in learning. School psychologists who are
knowledgeable and sensitive to students’ unique cultural backgrounds
are better equipped to offer relevant academic, behavioral, and mental
health interventions.
 School psychologists with skills in providing culturally responsive
interventions work with students through a cultural frame of reference,
recognize the complexity of culture, and incorporate individual
differences in intervention planning (Jones, 2014).


With the ever-evolving demographics of our country, cultural competence has become an essential ingredient in the creation of a positive climate. Cultural competence is the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of cultural, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds (Miranda, 2014). Cultural competence occurs when members of the community honor, respect, and value diversity in theory and in practice; and education and learning are made relevant and accessible to people and positive behavior, supporting academic and behavioral success, ensuring access to the full range of services and activities to all clients, and engaging clients and their families in the facility and in the greater community.