Cultural Competency

The Journey Toward Cultural Competence
Cultural Proficiency Continuum

Cultural Competence is a journey; an evolving, dynamic process that takes time. Through formal training and life experiences, participants move along a continuum journeying towards Cultural Proficiency. The National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development describes the six steps of this continuum:

cultural proficiency continuumCultural Destructiveness
Attitudes and practices (as well as policies and structures in organizations), are destructive to a cultural group.

Culture Incapacity
The capacity to respond effectively to the needs, interests and preferences of culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Culture Blindness
The predominant philosophy is one that views and treats all people the same.

Culture Pre-Competence
There is awareness of strengths and areas for growth to respond effectively to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Cultural Competence
Acceptance and respect for culture is consistently demonstrated in policies, structures, practices and attitudes.

Culture Proficiency
Culture is held in high esteem and used as a foundation to guide all endeavors.

Sources:

  1. Cross, T.B., Daniels, K., & Isaacs, M (1989). Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, Volume One. Washington D.C.: CASSP Technical Assistance Center, Center for Child Health and Mental Health Policy, Georgetown University Child Development Center.
  2. National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (2004). Cultural Competence Continuum. Washington D.C. Author: retrieved from www.nccccurricula.info (1); Cross, T., Bazron, B., Dennis, K. & Isaacs, M. (1989). Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, Volume One. Washington D.C.: CASSP Technical Assistance Center, Center for Child Health and Mental Health Policy, Georgetown University Child Development Center.

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