Writing Services – Discussion – Cultural Competency

Writing Services – Discussion – Cultural Competency

Writing Services – Discussion – Cultural Competency

Discussion—Cultural Competency

Developing diverse knowledge about other populations helps improve cultural competency. This
competency can be developed through independent reading, attendance at relevant seminars, or
supervision from professionals in the field with appropriate backgrounds. Cultural competency is
important to the assessment process.
Review the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics at the following:
American Counseling Association. (2005). ACA code of ethics. Retrieved from
http://www.counseling.org/Resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf
Respond to the following:
How would you define cultural competency?
Why is cultural competency important for substance abuse counselors?
How would you acquire this skill?
Which ACA ethics codes discuss cultural competency, and what measures should counselors take to
prevent ethical code violations in these areas?
Support your responses using your module readings and authoritative resources. Incorporate theory and
factual information in your response.
Write your initial response in 2–3 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Discussion—Cultural CompetencyHow would you define cultural competency?

Cultural competency can be defined as the combination of cultural knowledge, cultural

sensitivity and cultural awareness. A person can become culturally competent when he or she

had knowledge about cultures, demonstrates sensitivity towards cultures, and is aware of the

different cultural issues. Cultural competence can be developed with practice, time and training

(Module 4 Lecture).

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