Culturally Responsive Care in Mental Health

$10.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Beginning

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CEU Course Description

Culturally responsive care is vital in mental health care. Understanding cultural traditions and values enables providers to treat clients with dignity and compassion and to respond appropriately to their wishes and desires. Culturally responsive care is the intentional and consistent decision mental healthcare providers make to see, respect, and celebrate the aspects that make each person unique. Clinicians must work towards fully seeing and valuing clients for all aspects of their identity, background, and experiences. In addition, culture impacts the health comprehension, treatment options, and diagnostic claims of an individual, as well as help-seeking behaviors. Upon completing this course, behavioral health care providers will have an increased knowledge of culturally responsive care and how to implement it in their daily work. 

Author: Kimberly H. Fortin, LCSW-R

References / Contributions by:

  1. CDC (2021). Cultural Competence In Health And Human Services. Retrieved July 2023.
  2. HHS (2019). Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. Retrieved July 2023.
  3. NCCC, (2023). Conscious and Unconcious Biases in Healthcare. Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competency. Retrieved July 2023.
  4. Rentería, R., Schaefer, A., Capielo Rosario, C. (2020). Ethical Guidelines for Working with Culturally Diverse Clients. In: Benuto, L.T., Gonzalez, F.R., Singer, J. (eds) Handbook of Cultural Factors in Behavioral Health. Springer, Cham.

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Identify culturally responsive care and its importance and impact on mental health care delivery.
  2. Examine factors that impact mental health care accessibility and treatment, including cultural beliefs, stigma, and disparities.
  3. Explore steps clinicians and organizations can take to improve culturally responsive care.  

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Introduction
  2. Terms
  3. Culturally Responsive Care
  4. Culture’s Impact on Health and Wellness
  5. Cultural Beliefs and Stigma's Impact on Mental Health
  6. Health Disparities
  7. Culturally Responsive Clinicians
  8. Improving Culturally Responsive Care
  9. Multicultural Ethical Competence
  10. Conclusion
  11. References
  12. Appendix A

Course Level: Introductory


Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 'General' continuing education credits.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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