The words diversity and multi-cultural brings up images of ethnic minorities and ideas of stereotypical ideas of how to work with those people. In fact the discussions often become about differences between groups, i.e. eastern and western beliefs, individualistic and collectivistic values, black and white experiences, etc. In reality there are no clear lines between groups, and the within group differences are more important in understanding and assessing clients.
The goal of this presentation is to help develop an understanding of the multiple dimensions of culture. The emotional and cognitive empathy developed will help us provide more RESPECTFUL services to people who are inappropriately or underserved by the systems in place, including the legal system.
The objective of this webinar is to propose a multidimensional way of assessing culture in the interdisciplinary arena of family law. The disciplines of counseling, therapy, financial planning and law have traditionally been based in a “colorblind” approach, therefore not adequately serving families from various cultural backgrounds. This webinar outlines the many dimensions of culture and a way for the various professionals to view cultural complexities in themselves and the families they serve. The aim is threefold; to increase awareness of “self” and “others”, build knowledge of differences between groups while also recognizing within group differences, and build a repertoire of clinical skills, in order to provide effective and culturally sensitive services to an ever increasingly diverse population.