Cultural Competence and Ethics

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Cultural Competent and Ethics
Pam Cowan
Multicultural Psychology PSYCH/535
Professor Nino Kakulia
December 16, 2012

Cultural Competent and Ethics
Multicultural psychology is fairly new to the field of psychology and is constantly changing and improving. Some current emerging issues that of concern within multicultural psychology are researchers being cultural competent and the ethics involved when working with a diverse group of people. America is a very culturally diverse place and culture should be taken into consideration when performing a research study. Learning to be culturally competent can also help within the workplace and during social activities.

Cultural competency involves three broad dimensions. These dimensions are; the therapist’s cultural knowledge, the therapist’s attitudes and beliefs toward culturally different subjects and self-understanding, and the therapist’s skills and use of culturally appropriate interventions (P. Narra, R. Singer, Z. Li, S. Ash, & J. Esposito, 2012). According to the American Psychology Association Guidelines cultural competence includes the assessment of cultural identity, acculturation, and family dynamics (P. Narra, R. Singer, Z. Li, S. Ash, & J. Esposito, 2012). Other professional organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association have also taken note of the importance of cultural competence (P. Narra, R. Singer, Z. Li, S. Ash, & J. Esposito, 2012). Cultural competence also will help to keep us morally ethical as well.

Ethics are important to protect the test subjects as well as the researchers. There are laws in effect to help protect against discrimination among minorities within society in areas such as the workplace as well as research studies. All things should be in order before summiting a research study to make sure that all cultures are considered and not just Euro-American cultures. It is a psychologist’s job to make sure that cultural competence is met for all cultures...
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