Tools, Strategies, and Resources
Section D offers strategies, tools, and resources to become more culturally
aware and to help trainees become more culturally aware.
areas of awareness, knowledge, and skills in cultural awareness and
offers case studies, self-discovery exercises, and resources to incorporate
cultural awareness into existing training curricula.
Areas of Awareness,
Knowledge, and Skills
The NCCC selected the following areas of awareness,
knowledge, and skills to highlight in this curricula enhancement module.
is not exhaustive.
Faculty are encouraged to adapt and enhance the following characteristics
based on the needs, interests, and areas of focus within their respective
disciplines and training programs.
- Models of culture
- One’s self as a cultural being
- One’s biases and stereotypes
- The fact that culture impacts
health and mental health:
- Beliefs and practices
- Treatment and care delivery
- Access and utilization of care
- Status and outcome
- Outcomes, including racial, ethnic, and geographic
- The need for ongoing self-reflection and learning
- The impact of organizational
and professional culture on practices and policies
- Health and
mental health inequities in current systems.
- Techniques for self-reflection
- Group-specific as well as cross-cutting
knowledge in applying cultural awareness to practices and policies.
- Integrating cultural awareness into curricula and
- Modeling cultural awareness across all aspects—teaching,
research, and practicum
- Communicating and interacting
in a multicultural environment
- Observing others and reflecting on
one’s own thoughts
- Interactions with peers and other
health and mental health professionals
- Managing the dynamics of
difference across cultural groups
- Providing supervision
to diverse students in multicultural environments.