The recent trend in medicine has been to advocate for the need for culturally competent care, however it is rare to see work that specifically outlines what it means to be culturally competent and how to integrate that into one's clinical practice. Moreover, cross-cultural studies have typically addressed mental health care with individuals and adults, with minimal attention being given to the domain of pediatric psychology. Within the contexts of child development, family psychology and health psychology, this course provides a definition of cultural competency and an overview of how culture influences health beliefs, practices, communication and subsequently, patient mental health care. Various models that provide guidelines, assessment strategies and interventions for use in the pediatric health setting are presented.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Recognize the relevance of providing culturally competent mental health care in the pediatric context.
- Define pediatric psychology and related cultural terms as they pertain to this field.
- Discuss 2 existing theoretical models on cultural competency and compare their strengths and weaknesses.
- Identify professional guidelines and assessment strategies for developing culturally sensitive interventions for children and families.