Earlier editions of CULTURALLY COMPETENT PRACTICE broke new ground by presenting a model for understanding, measuring, and evaluating cultural competence. This model, as well as the book's practical, experiential approach and numerous exercises, continue to make it informative and accessible to students at all levels. The book not only presents cultural differences, but also explains why cultural competence is important to human service professionals, and demonstrates how to develop skills necessary to become culturally competent.
Doman Lum is professor emeritus of social work at California State University, Sacramento. He was recently featured in a book, CELEBRATING SOCIAL WORK: FACES AND VOICES OF FORMATIVE YEARS, commemorating social work and social work education. His previous books include SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR: A PROCESS-STAGE APPROACH; MULTIDIMENSIONAL PRACTICE: DIVERSITY IN CONTEXT; CULTURAL COMPETENCE, PRACTICE STAGES AND CLIENT SYSTEMS: A CASE STUDY APPROACH; SOCIAL WORK AND HEALTH CARE POLICY; and RESPONDING TO SUICIDAL CRISIS. He has written articles on Asian Americans, health care delivery and health maintenance organizations, culturally diverse social work practice, suicide prevention, and pastoral counseling. Dr. Lum is a consulting editor for THE JOURNAL OF ETHNIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN SOCIAL WORK and ARETE, and has been on the board of directors and the Commission on Accreditation for the Council on Social Work Education. He received the Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education award from the Council on Social Work Education in 2000. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, Northern California Conference.
1. CULTURALLY COMPETENT PRACTICE. The Meaning of Culture. The Concept of Cultural Competency. Measuring Learning Outcomes Related to Cultural Competency. Developments in Multicultural Social Work. Questions About Cultural Competency. My Beliefs About Cultural Competency. The Social Work Cultural Competencies Self-Assessment Instrument. Summary. References. 2. A FRAMEWORK FOR CULTURAL COMPETENCY. Definition and Characteristics of a Framework. The AMCD's Framework for Cultural Competencies in Counseling. Social Work Cultural Competencies: Generalist and Advanced. Summary. References. 3. CULTURAL AWARENESS. Definition of Cultural Awareness. The White American Dilemma. Philosophical Assumptions About Cultural Awareness. Experiences of Family Cultural Self-Awareness. Cultural Other: Awareness. Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination. Multicultural Involvement Over the Life Span. Culturally Diverse Social Work Education. Cultural Diverse Social Work Practice. Culturally Diverse Professional Employment Experiences. Summary. References. 4. KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION. Terminology Related to Cultural Diversity. The Demographics of Cultural Diversity. Critical Thinking About Cultural Diversity. Understanding the History of Oppression and of Oppressed Groups. Knowledge on Gender and Cultural Diversity. Knowledge of Culturally Diverse Values. Emerging Theories. Theories on Ethnicity, Culture, Minority Status, and Social Class. Social Science Theory and Culturally Diverse Social Work. Summary. References. 5. SKILL DEVELOPMENT (with Yuhwa Eva Lu). Types of Skills. Process, Conceptualization, and Personalization Skill Clusters. Culturally Diverse Service Delivery. Agency Linkage, Design, andImplementation. Research on Skill Development. Summary. References. 6. INDUCTIVE LEARNING (with Andrew Bein). Definition of Inductive Learning. The Inductive Research Approach. Inductive Social Work Practice. The Inductive Learning Process. Qualitative Research and Social Work Education. Summary. References. 7. SOME REFLECTIONS ON CULTURALLY COMPETENT PRACTICE. The Meaning of Cultural Competency. The Social Work Cultural Competencies Framework. The Social Work Cultural Competencies Self-Assessment Instrument. Cultural Competency Standards in Social Work Education. The Growth and Development Strategy of Multicultural Counseling Psychology. CLOSING THOUGHTS. REFERENCES.