Diversity And Cultural Competence Of Behavioral Health Care Work Setting

1082 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Katlin Campos
MHS 4408
Professor Epps
November 28 , 2016
Diversity and Cultural Competence in Behavioral Healthcare

Abstract
This paper is about the effects of diversity and cultural competence in the behavioral health care work setting. It is oftentimes overlooked how important one 's ethnicity is not only to ourselves but for the clients as well. Making all efforts to make a client feel comfortable with their background when seeking treatment will ultimately lead to better results. This paper will discuss the many barriers to cultural competence as well as the benefits of it. I will also be writing about different ways to train staff and about support of cultural competence.
Keywords: Cultural competence, diversity, ethnicity, barriers

Diversity and Cultural Competence in Behavioral Healthcare
Background
Diversity and Cultural competence is essential to having an effective therapeutic alliance and it directly impacts everyone. Diversity is “the cultural variety and cultural differences that exist in the world, a society, or an institution.” As I mentioned cultural competency is really what impacts the level of care, rapport, and overall the outcome of what a client gets out of the treatment. “According to the Institute of Medicine’s report, Unequal Treatment Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare, a consistent body of research indicates a lack of culturally competent care directly contributes to poor patient outcomes, reduced…

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