Enhancing Cultural Competence

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

literacy.

 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.