behavioral health

Cultural Awareness Tool: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Mental Health

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To facilitate improvement in the quality of care of service providers in Australia, the Cultural Awareness Tool (CAT) was developed. CAT was designed as a first step in developing cultural competence and is aimed at providing practitioners with general guidance in how to manage clients with mental illness in a more culturally-aware manner.

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Addressing the Mental Health Problems of Border and Immigrant Youth

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This special report helps mental health care providers working in the Mexico-US border region understand the diverse cultural, socioeconomic, environmental, and political factors that daily impact the lives of their clients/patients.

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Quality Health Services for Hispanics: The Cultural Competency Component

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This online book is designed to help health care professionals better understand and more effectively respond to the growing needs of the over 30 million Hispanics in the United States. It is designed facilitate greater access to, and utilization of, health and human services for this patient population, as well as provide useful suggestions on improving one-to-one provider-patient interactions.

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Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Competency: Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Behavioral Health Services and Supports to Children, Youth and their Families

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This checklist is intended to heighten the awareness and sensitivity of personnel to the importance of cultural diversity and cultural competence in human service settings. It provides concrete examples of the kinds of values and practices that foster such an environment. There is no answer key with correct responses.

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Working with Interpreters in Health Settings: Guidelines for Psychologists

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These good practice guidelines give an overview of the issues psychologists need to consider when working with interpreters to ensure that they are able to be as effective as possible. The guide provides key recommendations for practice and tips for finding and working with an interpreter.

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Trauma-Informed Interventions: Clinical and Research Evidence and Culture-Specific Information Project

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This report, a collaboration between the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, was created to identify trauma-informed treatment interventions and to describe their level of cultural competency.

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Guidelines for Working Effectively with Interpreters in Mental Health Settings

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These guidelines are intended to assist mental health staff in understanding the characteristics of interpreted meetings and to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary for working in partnership with interpreters.

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Cultural Competency: Measurement as a Strategy for Moving Knowledge into Practice in State Mental Health Systems

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This report outlines the rationale for implementing cultural competence, the approaches to implementation, including the measurement of cultural competence as a strategy, and steps that a state mental health commissioner/director can take to move the cultural competence agenda from research into practice.

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Cultural Competency Assessment Scale

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This self-assessment tool is designed to suggest ways in which an agency can become culturally competent in order to better serve its clients. The scale is applicable to an agency delivering behavioral health care in an outpatient treatment environment.

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Clinician's Guide: Working with Native Americans Living with HIV

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This is a practical resource for medical providers who are confronted with basic cultural challenges presented by Native American patients living with or at risk for HIV infection.

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