Cultural Competency Self-Assessment

Complete the below self-assessment. After completing it, write a 2–3 page essay using the APA format, describing your thoughts about your performance on the assessment. Were you surprised? Were you pleased? What are your plans to improve your performance (at least two points)? Do you think it measures cultural competence?Support responses with examples.Cite any sources in APA format.Cultural Competence Checklist: Personal ReflectionThis tool was developed to heighten your awareness of how you view clients/patients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations.*There is no answer key; however, you should review responses that you rated 5, 4, and even 3.Ratings:1 Strongly Agree2 Agree3 Neutral4 Disagree5 Strongly Disagree___ I treat all of my clients with respect for their culture.___I do not impose my beliefs and value systems on my clients, their family members, or their friends.• ___ I believe that it is acceptable to use a language other than English in the U.S.• ___ I accept my clients’ decisions as to the degree to which they choose to acculturate into the dominant culture.• ___ I provide services to clients who are GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning).• ___ I am driven to respond to others’ insensitive comments or behaviors.• ___ I do not participate in insensitive comments or behaviors.• ___ I am aware that the roles of family members may differ within or across culture or families.• ___ I recognize family members and other designees as decision makers for services and support.• ___ I respect non-traditional family structures (e.g., divorced parents, same gender parents, grandparents as caretakers).• ___ I understand the difference between a communication disability and a communication difference.• ___ I understand that views of the aging process may influence the clients’/families’ decision to seek intervention.• ___ I understand that there are several American English dialects. I recognize that all English speakers use a dialect of English.I understand that the use of a foreign accent or limited English skill is not a reflection of:___ Reduced intellectual capacity___ The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a native languageI understand how culture can affect child-rearing practices such as:___ Discipline___ Dressing___ Toileting___ Feeding___ Self-help skills___ Expectations for the future___ CommunicationI understand the impact of culture on life activities, such as:___ Education___ Family roles___ Religion/faith-based practices___ Gender roles___ Alternative medicine___ Customs or superstitions___ Employment___ Perception of time___ Views of wellness___ Views of disabilities___ The value of Western medical treatmentI understand my clients’ cultural norms may influence communication in many ways, including:___ Eye contact___ Interpersonal space___ Use of gestures___ Comfort with silence___ Turn-taking___ Topics of conversation___ Asking and responding to questions ___ Greetings___ Interruptions___ Use of humor___ Decision-making roles_____________________*While several sources were consulted in the development of this checklist, the following document inspired its design: Goode, T. D. (1989, revised 2002). Promoting cultural and linguistic competence self-assessment checklist for personnel Providing services and supports in early intervention and childhood settings.Reference this material as: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2010). Cultural Competence Checklist: Personal reflection. Available from www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/practice/multicultural/personalreflections.pdf.© Copyright 2010 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. All rights reserved.

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