Improving Cultural Proficiency Pt 2 by ck4p0w

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									       The BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University,
      in collaboration with the National Development & Research Institutes, Inc.




                       INTERACTIVE WEBINAR SERIES: SERIES TWO
               IMPROVING CULTURAL PROFICIENCY IN DRUG COURT PROGRAMS

                                   Session II: Screening & Assessment
                                         April 6th. 2011, from 1 to 2 PM – EST
                                                      Presented by:
                                           Andrew Osborne, MS Ed, CHES
                                               WEBINAR SUMMARY

The focus of this second presentation in this three-part webinar series is upon describing the importance of cultural
proficiency in the screening and assessment processes. Mr. Osborne gives various examples of how a client’s culture
shapes his/her belief system and attitude toward such issues as child rearing, sexual roles, and punctuality. He stresses
the importance of a drug court program’s ability to identify these differences and provide clients necessary support
services. He also discusses the process of identifying personal cultural characteristics, starting with cues and ending
with behavior and the importance of proper assessment of how these cultural characteristics may influence an
individual’s behavior.. For example, he references the culture of of wearing baggy clothes and lack of verbalization
frequent among young males which some drug court staff may associate with believe indicates that the client is
resistant or has a defeatist attitude when actually he/she is expresssing a desire to belong.

Among issues covered are:
   Cultures that impact Drug Court (e.g. drug treatment, drug abuse and addiction)
   How a client’s culture shapes their various belief systems
          o Effects on 25 different belief systems (e.g. music/art, healing, disclosure)
   Identification of personal cultural characteristics
          o Cues
          o Filters
          o Perception
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