Indeed, learning does not stop within the four walls of the classroom. That said, there is specific training that needs to be integrated as early as possible into the program because of its complexity. One such training is cultural competency.
Granted, a culturally competent training program is a requirement for organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) for programs such as ABA training to be accredited, along with many other practices that require training for licensure. However, this does not translate to a thorough grounding of the principles in real life.
Fortunately, sour experience as a provider of healthcare training at EDS Learning Institute has taught us that there are effective ways anyone can adapt to be more culturally competent. Among these ways include:
- Making time for self-reflection
Learning about yourself is the fundamental step you must take to understand just how extensive the role of your historical roots, beliefs, and values plays in your perspective of life.
- Exploring different cultures
By immersing yourself in the literature and learning the historical narrative that shapes a person’s experiences, you can reach people with unfamiliar backgrounds and set a more effective practice.
- Interacting with diverse groups
The best way to test your understanding and apply what you learned is to engage in actual practice. Join a research program or volunteer and further enhance your cultural competence.
- Choosing to train in a learning institute that puts importance on cultural competency
Such an environment will allow you to have access to opportunities and the latest research in the field.