Discussion: cultural humility, cultural competence, and the ethical

Over the past several decades, communities have become much more culturally diverse than ever before. In response, universities and organizations have provided cultural competence training to educate helping professionals about the values, beliefs, and behavioral norms of different cultures. While cultural competence training can be useful, it can also have negative unintended consequences on service delivery, which you will read about in this week’s Learning Resources. In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on helping practitioners develop cultural humility, which addresses some of the negative consequences of cultural competence and closely aligns with the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.

In this Discussion, you will examine the definition of “cultural humility,” how it differs from cultural competence, and how it intersects with the ethical practice of human services. 

To Prepare

  • Review your Course Announcements for possible information related to this week’s Discussion and Quiz.
  • Review the Learning Resources on cultural humility and cultural competence. Pay particular attention to the definitions of these terms and how they differ.
  • Review the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals. Identify the values and ethical standards that align with the concept of cultural humility. 
  • Post a definition of “cultural humility” and one personal or professional experience you have had that required cultural humility. Then, explain the difference between cultural humility and cultural competence. Finally, explain why cultural humility is important to the ethical practice of human services. Support your response with specific ethical standards from the National Organization for Human Services.
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