COURSE NAME: Global Health and Development: The Importance of Culturally Competent Mental Health Solutions
INSTRUCTOR: Kelly Yotebieng (learn more).
CREDIT: Six (6) CPEs for social workers, counselors, and therapists. (learn more).
DURATION: Three (3) weeks (learn more).
ACCESS: Online via computer, smartphone, or tablet (learn more).
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS: Pending State of Ohio CSWMFT Board review (learn more).
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Living in an increasingly diverse world, as social workers, public health professionals, or administrators, we have the responsibility to ensure that we are approaching our work in a culturally appropriate way. This means that our traditional approaches and ways of doing business may need to be modified in some contexts in order to ensure that relationships remain mutually beneficial. This proves especially challenging with mental health, but if we are to adhere to the principles set-forth by the World Health Organization in their 2013-2020 Mental Health Action Plan, we are called to critically examine the barriers to access to mental health services and devise culturally appropriate strategies to address these. We need to look at mental health through a wider public health lens, recognizing that we all have a responsibility to collaborate across sectors and ensure that we can offer prevention programs and choices of pathways to wellness in consultation with those affected by mental health issues.
- Articulate main tenants of the World Health Organization's Mental Health Action Plan
- Examine ethical standards, cultural competency, and research-grounded approaches in working with or studying migrants
- Explore the impacts of migration on social and health needs, as well as the strengths and assets of affected populations
- Understand the dynamic interactions of migrants with their environments (habitat)
- Establish skills in the field of practice with migrants by learning how to become allies of migrants at the individual, agency and community-wide levels