Cultural Competence 8 NBCC Hours
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Improving Cultural Competence. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 59. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4849. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.
Course Description

The subject matter in this course is "directly and primarily related to" the NBCC Content Area, Social and Cultural Foundations, which has been specified by the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy as acceptable content to qualify for NBCC continuing education credit.  This course is available for ACEP home study and offers 8 NBCC Hours.


This course requires the Participant to read and understand the attached Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) regarding cultural competence.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cultural competence is defined as “…the ability to honor and respect the beliefs, languages, interpersonal styles, and behaviors of individuals and families receiving services, as well as staff members who are providing such services.”  This TIP aims to assist readers in understanding the role of culture in the delivery of behavioral health services.


In Improving Cultural Competence, Participants will begin with an introduction to cultural competence.  Next, Participants will consider counselor’s core cultural competencies and will be presented with clinical activities, including clinical supervision tools.  Additionally, Participants will learn the nine steps of culturally responsive evaluation and treatment planning.  Also, Participants will consider 20 organizational tasks that support counselors’ development of cultural competence and improve organizational development of culturally responsive treatment services.  Next, Participants will become familiar with specific patterns of substance use and substance disorders, help-seeking patterns, beliefs about and traditions involving substance use, beliefs and attitudes about treatment, assessment and treatment considerations and theoretical approaches and treatment interventions with respect to each major racial and ethnic group.  Additionally, Participants will learn about drug cultures and the culture of recovery.  Finally, Participants will conclude by reviewing instruments, tools and other cultural resources located in the Appendix.


This course is intended to familiarize mental health professionals, social workers, substance abuse professionals, child welfare workers, healthcare professionals, psychologists, or certified addiction specialists, with cultural competence.

Learning Objectives
  • To be familiar with basic objectives and information concerning cultural competence

  • To learn about core competencies for counselors and other clinical staff 

  • To identify the 9 steps of culturally responsive evaluation and treatment planning

  • To explore organizational cultural competence

  • To be aware of the principles and considerations for behavioral health treatment for all major racial and ethnic groups 

  • To consider the concepts of drug culture and the culture of recovery

  • To be aware of how marijuana use affects the brain and body

  • To explore various cultural materials, instruments, tools and other resources

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