There is much discussion about diversity and “multicultural competence;” but often there is little specificity about definitions. Exactly how do our professions define “multi-cultural”? If we speak only one or two of the 337 languages used in the U.S. today, does it count if we are proficient with patients from rural cultures? from certain disability groups? from specific geographic, racial, age, gender or sexual-orientation groups?
“Competent” With How Many “Cultures” ?
I. Ethics Codes & Professional Guidelines
Diversity & Multiculturalism
III. ”Cultural” Variables
Geographical Origin or Location
IV. Impediments to “Multicultural Competence”
(a) To understand my profession’s definitions of “culture” and “competence.”
(b) To identify the different “cultures” with which I am already competent.
(c) To consider other “cultures” with which I would like to become more competent.
(d) To decide how I can gain and maintain that multicultural competence.