It’s important to remember that cultural competence starts by recognizing that every cultural group brings values which help define the concept of a true community.
The following strategies (excerpted from Jones, 2014) can be utilized to begin making a connection:
Continue exploring your own culture, beliefs, and values.
Believe you can serve individuals of a different race or ethnicity.
Develop a list of professionals for consultation on multicultural issues.
Engage in dialogue with colleagues and continue to increase cultural
Assume that there is heterogeneity within an ethnic group, but that the
foundation of cultural values is likely to be homogenous.
Keep the family active in planning interventions and progress monitoring.
Learn more about the culture of the client through the client and family.
Always work from a strength-based perspective.