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Improving Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health Settings

$36.00 [6.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #08-723

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CE Course Description

The development of culturally responsive clinical skills is vital to the effectiveness of behavioral health services. This intermediate level continuing education course was developed using information from SAMSHA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to demonstrate how culturally responsive skills can improve client engagement in services, therapeutic relationships between clients and providers, and treatment retention and outcomes. An introduction to cultural competence is provided as well as core competencies for counselors and other clinical staff. Additionally, steps to provide culturally responsive evaluation and treatment planning are summarized.

CE Course Objectives

  1. Define cultural competence, discuss its importance, and examine how it is achieved.
  2. Differentiate between culture, race, ethnicity, and cultural identity and describe the cross-cutting factors in race, ethnicity, and culture.
  3. Identify core competencies for counselors and other clinical staff and summarize the characteristics of culturally competent counselors.
  4. Examine how culturally competent counselors engage clients and familiarize them with treatment and evaluation processes.
  5. Evaluate ways to integrate culturally relevant information and themes in the therapeutic process and to gather culturally relevant collateral information.
  6. Discuss the selection of culturally appropriate screening and assessment tools as well as strategies to incorporate cultural factors into treatment planning.
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Board Approval Status

Psychiatric Technicians

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Alaska YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Arizona YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Arkansas YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
California YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Colorado YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Connecticut YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Delaware YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
District of Columbia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Florida YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Georgia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Hawaii YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Idaho YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Illinois YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Indiana YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Iowa YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Kansas We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians approval.
Kentucky YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Louisiana YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Maine YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Maryland YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Massachusetts YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Michigan YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Minnesota YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Mississippi YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Missouri YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Montana YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Nebraska YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Nevada YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New Hampshire YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New Jersey YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New Mexico YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
New York YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
North Carolina YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
North Dakota YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Ohio YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Oklahoma YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Oregon YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Pennsylvania YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Rhode Island YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
South Carolina YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
South Dakota YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Tennessee YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Texas YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Utah YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Vermont YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Virginia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Washington YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
West Virginia YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Wisconsin YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)
Wyoming YES! Accepts California BVNPT (Approval #V10849)

The board approval status information is provided based on our current understanding of the licensing agencies. Please note that it is the responsibility of each licensee to verify acceptance of our courses with their licensing agency.

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