The concept of culture is both universally applicable and simultaneously elusive to define. To be effective in our supervisory practice, we need to better frame and navigate cultural similarities and differences: intercultural competence. Research indicates that most people, regardless of identity (race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.) tend to focus primarily on cultural similarities and aren’t as effective at engaging and leveraging deeper aspects of difference. In this workshop, we will deepen and complicate our understanding of how we navigate cultural similarities and differences through theory and applicable content. These foundational cultural concepts are applicable not just to the supervisory relationship, but also to clinical, team, and organizational dynamics.
In this course, participants will have the unique opportunity to take the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI), a theoretically grounded, cross-culturally valid, and reliable tool for assessing intercultural competence. The workshop content is dependent on completion of the IDI assessment. Aggregated group results will be presented and interpreted in the workshop.
This course is intended for behavioral health practitioners seeking to be supervisors, who are particularly interested in working more effectively across cultural differences in their supervisory relationships.
All participants will be required to take the IDI assessment at least two weeks prior to the workshop.
After completing this workshop participants will be able to:
- Identify mental health, identity, and cultural concepts relevant to behavioral health practice and supervision
- Develop an understanding of intercultural competence: the capability to work effectively across cultural difference
- Distinguish between the five developmental orientations to engaging cultural differences as outlined by the Intercultural Development Continuum® (IDC)
Following, all participants will receive:
- Individual IDI Profile Report with assessment results
- Individual debrief session with workshop facilitator Omkar Sawardekar, MSW, LICSW, IDI Qualified Administrator
- Individual Intercultural Development Plan® (IDP), to support in ongoing intercultural development
This workshop has been pre-approved by the following Minnesota licensing boards:
- Board of Social Work (BoSW): (#CEP-204)
- Board of Marriage & Family Therapy (BMFT): 6 Supervision CEs, 6 Cultural Competency CEs (#2023-030); this workshop must be completed meet the 30-hour supervision training requirements to become a LMFT Board-Approved Supervisor (Minn. 5300.0160).
- Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy (BBHT): (#2023.CE.052)
For participants needing clinical clock hours (CCH), this workshop meets the following requirements, as defined by the Board of Social Work:
- Social work values and ethics, including cultural context, diversity, and social policy: 4 CCH
- Culturally specific clinical assessment and intervention: 2 CCH