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Multicultural Competency. Prepare a 700- to 1,050-word paper based on your assessment, in which you apply these multicultural guidelines and standards to your personal life and workplace. Answer the following questions: o What biases, percepti

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Multicultural Competency Ashley Hambright PSYCH/535 Dr. Danine Dean December 5, 2010 Multicultural Competency An individual who has the capability of comprehending and valuing a sufficient amount of another culture while possessing the ability to communicate and work with people from that culture, are culturally competent. The American Psychological Association created a group of culture specific and multicultural guidelines. These guidelines supply a scaffold for psychologists for the successful dispersion of services to the diverse client populace. Focusing on guideline number one, "Psychologists are encouraged to recognize that, as cultural beings, they may hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence their perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are ethnically and racially different from themselves (APA, 2003, para. 38). It is imperative that a psychologist's recognize and acknowledge that their personal opinions, beliefs, and attitudes can have impact on the effectiveness of their client relations. This is of the upmost importance because involuntarily, a psychologist's personal view of an individual can lead to negative judgments based on the group in which the psychologist's has classified the individual. The second guideline affirms "Psychologists are encouraged to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity/responsiveness to, knowledge of, and understanding about ethnically and racially different individuals" (APA, 2003, para. 51). This is accomplished by a variety of modes. ...read more.

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I told myself at the age of 16 that I would do my best to never make another individual believe he or she was inferior to me, regarding his or her race, ethnicity, or culture. However, as an adult and through this assignment I have come across some of my own biases, perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs regarding culturally different groups. I think about the stereotypes I learned and heard in school and college and without knowing, used to create an opinion of someone. As a teenager, I learned there was a scaffold of intelligence, and Asian children were at the peak. They were deemed supreme in obedience, intelligence, and work ethic. In college, I encountered an Asian friend who fit this stereotype. She was brilliant, possessed strong work ethic, and was very compliant and respectful. In my third year of teaching, I had two Asian males in my class and was overwhelmed with joy and hope that their qualities would affect the other pupils. I was shocked when I discovered this was not the case regarding my two Asian pupils. As stated previously, it is important to be aware of any bias, perceptions, attitudes, or beliefs I possess regarding individuals of a different culture. I have realized that I must be cognizant to be a psychologist who possesses multicultural competency. ...read more.

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o How knowledgeable are you about the values, practices, and experiences of individuals who are culturally different from yourself? Explain your answer. o What are your strengths and weaknesses in interacting with culturally different individuals and how might you address shortcomings? * Prepare to discuss this assignment in class. * Format your paper according to APA standards. The content is comprehensive, accurate, and/or persuasive. The paper develops a central theme or idea, directed toward the appropriate audience. The paper links theory to relevant examples of current experience and industry practice and uses the vocabulary of the theory correctly. Major points are stated clearly; are supported by specific details, examples, or analysis; and are organized logically. * Used personal experiences, as well as information provided in the readings to support your thoughts and conclusions * The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points. The conclusion is logical, flows from the body of the paper, and reviews the major points. Readability and Style 15 Percent Percent Earned Comments: 15 Paragraph transitions are present and logical and maintain the flow throughout the paper. The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment. Sentences are complete, clear, and concise. Sentences are well-constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences. Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought. Mechanics 15 Percent Percent Earned Comments: 15 The paper, including the title page, reference page, tables, and appendices, follow APA guidelines for format. ...read more.

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