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Information for Providers and Practitioners

Providers must have the capacity to:

Address stereotyping, bias, discrimination, prejudice, and other ISMs.

Work toward health and mental health equity and social justice.

Advocate for these principles among peers and with professional societies.

Providers need support from organizations and policies to provide cultural and linguistic competence effectively. In addition to support from organizations, providers and practitioners need knowledge and skills to provide culturally and linguistically services.

Cultural competence requires individual providers at a minimum to (Cross et al., 1989):

  • Acknowledge cultural differences
  • Understand your own culture
  • Engage in self-assessment
  • Acquire cultural knowledge & skills
  • View behavior within a cultural context

Culturally and linguistically competent practices require providers to modify approaches to:

  • Assessment and diagnostic protocols
  • Treatment & interventions
  • Medication protocols
  • Health education & counseling
  • Consulting with tradition/indigenous practitioners & natural healers

NCCC Resources on Self-Assessment for Providers

NCCC Resources

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