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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 Technician

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Alaska YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Arizona YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Arkansas YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
California YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Colorado YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Connecticut YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Delaware YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
District of Columbia YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Florida YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Georgia YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Hawaii YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Idaho YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Illinois YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Indiana YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Iowa YES! California BVNPT (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! California BVNPT (V10849)
Louisiana YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Maine YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Maryland YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Massachusetts YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Michigan YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Minnesota YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Mississippi YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Missouri YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Montana YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Nebraska YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Nevada YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
New Hampshire YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
New Jersey YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
New Mexico YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
New York YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
North Carolina YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
North Dakota YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Ohio YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Oklahoma YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Oregon YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Pennsylvania YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Rhode Island YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
South Carolina YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
South Dakota YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Tennessee YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Texas YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Utah YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Vermont YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Virginia YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Washington YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
West Virginia YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Wisconsin YES! California BVNPT (V10849)
Wyoming YES! California BVNPT (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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