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Course # 61942 • Providing Culturally Responsive Care to Asian Immigrants

Overview

As the United States is becoming increasingly multicultural, and with the Asian American and immigrant population increasing at a phenomenal rate, practitioners will inevitably confront racially, ethnically, and culturally different clients in their clinical practice. Given these key demographic trends, definitions of cultural competence and what this concept entails will be discussed. Because part of cultural competence involves knowledge of immigrant groups, this course will provide background information of the demographic profiles, immigration histories, and cultural belief and value systems of various Asian immigrant groups in the United States. Acculturative stress and psychosocial issues pertaining to the adjustment process for immigrants will also be explored. The role of culture in influencing the construction of mental illness, health and illness concepts, barriers to help-seeking, the informed consent process and cultural communication will be presented. Finally, practice implications will be examined, and a listing of resources for practitioners will be provided in order for practitioners to continue building their knowledge bases in the area of cultural competence and sensitivity when working with Asian immigrants.

Education Category: Community Health

Release Date: 12/01/2018

Expiration Date: 11/30/2021

Audience

This intermediate course is designed for psychologists who work with immigrants, particularly Asian immigrants.

Accreditations/Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 10 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to expand the level of awareness and knowledge base of practitioners in providing culturally relevant, sensitive, and responsive mental health and health services to immigrant populations, specifically Asian immigrants in the United States.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the demographic shifts and factors that have influenced the need for culturally competent health and mental health services.
  2. Discuss some of the historical forces that impacted the helping fields in moving toward the examination of culture and diversity.
  3. Define the terms culture, race, ethnicity, assimilation, and acculturation.
  4. Discuss the major immigration histories and demographic characteristics of Asian American immigrants.
  5. Describe the prevalence or scope of different types of psychiatric disorders in the Asian immigrant community.
  6. Discuss how culture influences concepts of mental illness and beliefs about the causes of mental illness.
  7. Identify factors that play a role in the process of Asian immigrants' help-seeking decisions.
  8. Describe various healthcare needs in the Asian immigrant community.
  9. Discuss the role of culture in affecting health beliefs and practices among Asian immigrants.
  10. Identify components of culturally sensitive communication skills.
  11. List characteristics of culturally sensitive assessment.
  12. Discuss cultural factors that affect the informed consent process with Asian immigrants.
  13. Discuss guidelines in working with interpreters.

Faculty

Alice Yick Flanagan, PhD, MSW, received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, School of Social Work. She has clinical experience in mental health in correctional settings, psychiatric hospitals, and community health centers. In 1997, she received her PhD from UCLA, School of Public Policy and Social Research. Dr. Yick Flanagan completed a year-long post-doctoral fellowship at Hunter College, School of Social Work in 1999. In that year she taught the course Research Methods and Violence Against Women to Masters degree students, as well as conducting qualitative research studies on death and dying in Chinese American families.

Previously acting as a faculty member at Capella University and Northcentral University, Dr. Yick Flanagan is currently a contributing faculty member at Walden University, School of Social Work, and a dissertation chair at Grand Canyon University, College of Doctoral Studies, working with Industrial Organizational Psychology doctoral students. She also serves as a consultant/subject matter expert for the New York City Board of Education and publishing companies for online curriculum development, developing practice MCAT questions in the area of psychology and sociology. Her research focus is on the area of culture and mental health in ethnic minority communities.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Alice Yick Flanagan, PhD, MSW, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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