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Cultural Competency in Pediatric Psychology: Issues & Clinical Applications

by Neha Navsaria, PhD 3 CE Credits

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.


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Social and Cultural Competence continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • Existing Models to Guide Us
  • Misconceptions, Myths, and Pitfalls in the Delivery of Culturally Competent Care
  • The Missing Piece: Examining Culture in Pediatric Psychology - What Do We Know?
  • Ways to Understand Culture in Pediatric Populations
  • Clinical Applications: Professional Guidelines, Assessment Strategies and Interventions
  • Conclusions
  • Web-based Resources
  • References


Learning Objectives:

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.