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A Journey to Cultural Humility: From Reflection to Action through Intergroup Discourse- Part II

June 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Instructor: Natalie Moore-Bembry, EdD, MSW, LSW

In order to progress from an ethnocentric worldview to an ethnorelative worldview, we must become culturally humble. Cultural humility refers to one’s ability to be open and willing to reflect on his or her own self as a cultural human being (Hook & Watkins, 2015). It is a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique that involves learning about another person’s culture while reflecting on one’s own beliefs and values and requires the practitioner to shift roles from being the expert to becoming a learner in order to effectively work with others (Foronda, Baptiste, Reinholdt, & Ousman, 2016; Fisher-Borne, Montana Cain, & Martin, 2015). The concepts of intersectionality and cultural humility are key elements of enhancing this lifelong process of learning and self-awareness in ourselves. Intersectionality as a framework is crucial to analyzing power and privilege, specifically focusing on the intersection of privilege and oppression. The practitioner has a dual role to learn and implement this concept in their personal and professional lives (Bubar, Cespedes, & Bundy-Fazioli, 2016). Intergroup discourse allows practitioners to reflect on and share their thoughts and experiences in a brave space through a nonhierarchical group. The Allies Model requires clinicians to be committed to life-long learning and growth, to use the privileges of a clinicians intersecting social identities to stand with marginalized groups, and to stand against intentional and unintentional forms of oppression. Being an ally denotes that we will be part of an inclusive community, stay in relationship with peers and colleagues, and to practice accountability to ourselves and each other by “calling in” rather than “calling out”. To become an ally, we must continually work on becoming culturally humble. This is a life-long process that can be achieved in an intergroup discourse with similar people.

CE Credits: 6 Cultural


June 14
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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