Becoming a Culturally Competent Clinician In order to serve all clients, speech-language pathologists need to develop culturally and socially responsive clinical skills. They must become culturally competent communicators and culturally competent clinicians. Cultural competence is a process through which one develops an understanding of self, while developing the ability to develop responsive, reciprocal, and ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2000
Becoming a Culturally Competent Clinician
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  • Dolores E. Battle
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Buffalo State College
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Article   |   December 01, 2000
Becoming a Culturally Competent Clinician
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, December 2000, Vol. 7, 20-23. doi:10.1044/lle7.3.20
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, December 2000, Vol. 7, 20-23. doi:10.1044/lle7.3.20
In order to serve all clients, speech-language pathologists need to develop culturally and socially responsive clinical skills. They must become culturally competent communicators and culturally competent clinicians. Cultural competence is a process through which one develops an understanding of self, while developing the ability to develop responsive, reciprocal, and respectful relationships with others.
Becoming a culturally competent clinician is a process that begins with a review of personal values, beliefs, and biases about a culturally diverse society and culturally diverse clients and families. It requires a review of one’s own life story, one’s own personal history as reflected in the perception of the communication ability of others, and one’s understanding of a diverse body of clients and how those perceptions may affect clinical service delivery. Culturally competent clinicians continually assess whether they have allowed bias or stereotypes to enter into the decisions that they make concerning clients. They recognize potential biases and do not allow potential biases to interfere with clinical judgement or the delivery of clinical services.
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