Course Description

Course Description

HHS Office of Minority Health merged several existing definitions to conclude the following: 

“Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations. “Culture” refers to integrated patterns
of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious,
or social groups. “Competence” implies having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by consumers and their communities. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Improving Cultural Competence. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 59. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4849. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014)

Course Modality This is an independent home-study course. Students will take the course according to their own timeline. 

CE’s awarded: 15 hours. (Reading plus Application to Practice discussion questions). To receive the course completion certificate, each student is required to complete and submit Learning Contract, read all text-based materials, view any media posted, complete and submit chapter discussion questions, complete and pass course examination, and complete and submit course evaluation.

Text / Student Resources

Improving Cultural Competence. Quick Guide for Clinicians. (based on TIP 59). (SAMHSA, 2016).  

Improving Cultural Competence. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 59. (SAMHSA, 2014) All course materials will be uploaded to the course room.


Senior Instructor

Diane Sherman, PhD

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Addiction Counselor-II. Dr. Sherman earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. Dr. Sherman is the past President of the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association and recipient of the GACA President’s Award, and Bernard Carter Humanitarian Award. She also served on the board of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, and in 2015 was honored to receive the Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.

Course curriculum

Reviews

5 star rating

Enlightening Material

Alvin Litman

I have really enjoyed the learning process. The material is enlightening and practical.

I have really enjoyed the learning process. The material is enlightening and practical.

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5 star rating

Great

Paula Kicklighter

The course was very informative and made you really take a look at what you think you know about other cultures.

The course was very informative and made you really take a look at what you think you know about other cultures.

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5 star rating

Cultural Competence

Todd hamm

I enjoyed the course.

I enjoyed the course.

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5 star rating

good

Donald Gunther

great material

great material

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4 star rating

Cultural competence

Denice Weedman

This opened my eyes to sensitivities that I need to be aware of.

This opened my eyes to sensitivities that I need to be aware of.

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