Program Description: The Multicultural Development Program aims to promote health equity by enhancing culturally responsive and inclusive behavioral health services for all ethnic and cultural groups through supportive services, training, education, research, and advocacy. The program provides services such as Language Service Coordination, SSI/SSDI Disability Benefits and Employment Consultation and Training, Culture and Mental Health Needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Consultation and Training. We also conduct clinical trainings and education that include, but are not limited to topics such as Client Culture, Cultural Groups, Cultural Responsive Services, Stressed Families/Older Adult, People with Developmental Disability, People with HIV/AIDS, Refugees and Immigrants, Trauma-Exposed Individuals, Limited English Proficiency Culture, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and more. In addition, we provide consumer/peer supervision, culturally responsive and inclusive clinical consultation, culturally responsive and inclusive community research and advocacy—while identifying local and regional behavioral health needs of linguistically and culturally diverse populations as they impact county systems of care. Moreover, we assist in the following areas: 1) developing, coordinating, and facilitating the implementation of a culturally responsive and inclusive plan for Orange County; 2) developing, implementing, and ensuring the accuracy of verbal interpretation and written translation services and materials; 3) planning and organizing cultural diversity events at an organizational and community level, and 4) supporting strategies and efforts for reducing racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic disparities.
Eligibility: All ages and groups Language(s): English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Farsi, ASL Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.–5p.m., Monday–Friday
Cultural Competency Training
This year's training provides an overview of a culturally responsive approach to incorporate into service attitudes and interactions with clients to reduce the effects of stereotyping. The concepts of culture, race, ethnicity and diversity as well as stigma and self-stigma are discussed. The training also demonstrates the influence of unconscious thought on our judgment as it relates to stereotyping and racism. Strategies are also provided to recognize diversity and embrace uniqueness of other cultures beyond the mainstream American culture.
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