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- An introduction to this resource
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- The scope of this resource
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An introduction to this resource
CALD patients/clients in this course refers to culturally and linguistically diverse migrant and refugee patients/clients from Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African backgrounds.
Who is this for?
This is a pre-course reading for both the online or face-to-face learners who have enrolled into the CALD 9: Working in a Mental Health Context with CALD Clients course.
Why do you need to read this prior to the course?
It is highly recommended that learners familiarise themselves with the topics in this Pre Course Reading. The CALD 9 course will not repeat or explain all the information in this pre-course reading, however some of the materials will be referred to in the CALD 9 course.
The aim of the resource is to give you awareness of:
- the rationale for cultural competency
- cross-cultural challenges in assessment and diagnosis in mental health when working with CALD clients
- how to use questions from the CALD Assessment Tool towards developing a cultural formulation
What topics are covered in this resource?
- Why is cultural competency important?
- Rationale for a Culturally Oriented Approach
- Mental Health as a Western Discipline
- Cross-cultural Issues in Assessment
- Western frameworks
- Concept of self differs
- Ethno-cultural variations in expressing distress
- Ethno-cultural identity
- Explanatory models
- Help-seeking patterns
- Cultural-bound syndromes
- CALD Assessment Tool
- Overall Cultural Assessment for Diagnosis and care
- Applicability of Therapeutic Treatments
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The scope of the resource
This resource is written from the perspective of the New Zealand health system. It is aimed at practitioners who have knowledge and orientation in the New Zealand Health System, are working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and who are required to be culturally competent as part of health professional competency requirements.
We acknowledge that the wider context of cultural diversity is inclusive of Maori and Pasifika cultures. We also acknowledge that Maori people are the tangata whenua (the people of the land) in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The Auckland region has the largest Pacific population in the world. Cultural competence resources are available for working specifically with Maori and Pasifika clients and whanau and are therefore not covered in this resource.