2Definition of CultureCulture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes and religion by a group of people generally without thinking about them.
3PhilosophyConsider cultural competence a priority. Culture is dynamic, therefore cultural competence must be an on-going process.Cultural competence is the effective use of social and interpersonal knowledge and skills that demonstrates understanding and appreciation of individual and group differences and similarities.
4Cultural Diversity in the Workplace Cultural diversity in the workplace provides strength. It also challenges individuals to respond to their diverse work environment effectively.“Valuing” individual and group cultural differences is critical to achieving the organizational goals.
5Cultural Awareness Know your own cultural background. Recognize your own stereotypes and biases.Gain knowledge of cultural history and heritage.Be aware of other’s perceptions.Recognize effects of -ism on the others.
6Teaching ToleranceTolerance is defined as “recognition of and respect for the opinions, practices or behavior of others.”
7People long to be celebrated, not tolerated! Remember . . .People longto be celebrated,not tolerated!
8Forming a TeamThere are three important characteristics of teams: size, diversity and interdependence.Teams diverse in skill sets and knowledge levels, as well as ethnicity and culture, perform better than those with identical skills sets.Diversity actually decreases team conflicts and enhances creativity.
10ABMHC’s Cultural Diversity Committee Supports SCDMH’s Focus To teach employees communication and conflict resolution techniques to be used in the framework of working with a culturally diverse population whose members may solve problems in very different ways.
11ABMHC’s Cultural Diversity Committee Supports SCDMH’s Mission To support the Recovery mission through the continual development of a culturally aware, culturally knowledgeable, and culturally skilled workforce.
12Cultural Diversity Activities Multicultural Calendars (cultural information divided by the month, holiday and country)ReadingsQuizzesFact sheetsOther tools that foster dialogue and questions within the organization
13Why are Activities Important? They help clinicians reach clients who may benefit from a more hands-on or practical learning experience.They encourage clients to become actively involved in the therapeutic process without bias, rather than being passive recipients.
16I. Leadership DrivenCreate and maintain culturally and linguistically competent services by supporting:Multiculturalism embedded into all organizational units.Continued efforts to recruit, retain and develop a culturally diverse workforce.
17Support cultural competency of the staff. II. Staff OrientedSupport cultural competency of the staff.
18III. Client OrientedTo support and promote the involvement of clients, familiesand advocacy groups in theplanning and development of care.
19IV. Information DrivenTo support monitoring and dissemination of the level of cultural awareness, knowledge and skills
20Life Without Diversity Close your eyes and imagine that everyone in the room is the same. Exactly the same! Same hair, eye color, height, weight, gender, race, language. Everyone dresses the same and sounds the same.Now open your eyes, look to your left and yourright.What do you see?
22DO YOUR HOMEWORK Learn about other cultures. Know respectful behavior. Identify a cultural guide.Gain entry into the community.
23ConclusionLearning about and accepting diversity can improve your interpersonal effectiveness and increase your personal and professional opportunities.
24Cultural Diversity in the Workplace Resource:If any additional information regarding this presentation isneeded, please contact Terry Miller or Cynthia Smith.Thank You For Your Time!The Cultural Diversity Committee at ABMHC