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✽ CSL 2065 - Culturally Informed Treatment

1.0 Credits
The professional technician has an obligation to understand the client’s context and learn to communicate in a manner that the client is likely to be able to hear, understand and accept. The effective technician has the courage and insight to explore their own biases and misconceptions of others with ethnic, social, and spiritual cultural differences. This class will provide a basic foundation for understanding how cultural competence, awareness, and sensitivity can improve quality of care and increase positive outcomes.  Cultural variables to be considered will include age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, language, educational level, physical ability, economic status and social class as well as racial and ethnic backgrounds, all of which can be influential in the therapeutic process. Individual differences when considered in a cultural context can become strengths and resources for recovery. This class is intended to provide students with basic skills to recognize and respect the behaviors, ideas, attitudes, values, beliefs, customs, languages, rituals, ceremonies and practices characteristic of diverse groups of people. Class design will include definitions and descriptions of culture, ethnicity and race, along with related terms and concepts, including but not limited to cultural identity, cultural assumptions, acculturation, assimilation, biases, historical trauma, historical guilt, micro-aggressions, modern day prejudice and disparities. An examination of the National CLAS Standards will be included. Exercises will involve self-examination and discussion of the evolution of students’ own personal beliefs, values and attitudes in order to understand how one’s own cultural identity impacts their role as a helping professional. This class also seeks to enhance the ability of students to offer treatment services in a manner that respects gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, cultural, familial, systemic and socioeconomic diversity.
Prev. Course Codes: CSL-265
LEC 15 Contact hours



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