Authors: Wen-Shing Tseng , Hawaii, USA
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: It is essential for contemporary mental health providers to be culturally competent, namely: to be equipped with cultural sensitivity, knowledge, and empathy; to be able to establish culture-relevant interactions and to provide culturally-suitable guidance for clients. These qualities are needed particularly when working with clients from different ethnic-cultural backgrounds than that of the provider.
Furthermore, it is common knowledge among contemporary mental health providers that the delivery and setting of services need to be culturally-relevant for clients. This is particularly true when the service is to provide transculturally for particular groups of clients who have significantly different cultural backgrounds from that of the providers. Immigrants, refugees, minorities, or local indigenous people are some of the examples who need extra effort to deliver a socially-suitable and culturally-geared transcultural service.
To apply a socially-proper and culturally-competent transcultural mental health service, considerations are needed to be broad at multiple levels, namely: the practical, clinical, theoretical, and philosophical dimensions.