Culturally Proficient

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For individuals, groups, communities, schools, councils,
organizations, and others interested in inclusion.

Cultural Proficiency in this instance is designed for leadership and doesn’t impose a set of rules on participants. It utilizes the 5 basic elements of the cultural competence process to elicit from participants what is right for the common good. Therefore, in this approach all perceptions are respected in a workshop environment where participants can feel safe expressing a variety of views.

The Community Network Council (CNC) in Kent is offering Cultural Proficiency to the community at large in order to promote a standard of conduct for human interaction in our pluralistic society and communities. Cultural Proficiency perceives participants to be on a continuum, not whether they are competent or incompetent. The emphasis is on continuously learning, and trying to keep ahead of ignorance.

This workshop provides a nonthreatening way for individuals and institutions to determine their place on the Cultural Proficiency Continuum and helps to identify strategies for becoming more proficient.

Cultural Proficiency Defined:
The state of being capable of functioning effectively in the context of cultural differences.
"As an administrator, Melvin Tate broughtCulturalCompetence training to the Kent School District in 1995. He also provided training to others, like myself, who were interested in becoming trainers as well. I have been teaching Cultural Competence through our Staff Development program for the past ten years now.
Melvin was instrumental in showing me how to successfully approach sensitive topics by creating an atmosphere where people feel free to share personal thoughts and experiences. This class has been so well received that we are again in the process of training others to become trainers.

Not only has Melvin had a tremendous impact on my life but he has also been a positive influence on countless others through this extremely valuable and effective program. After
all, the ability to function effectively in the context of cultural differences is one of
the most important lessons we can learn in life."
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Focus of the workshop: The Five Elements of Cultural Competence and beyond to Cultural Proficiency

Awareness and Acceptance of Difference, Awareness of One's Own Culture, Understanding of the Dynamics of Difference, Development of Cultural Knowledge, Adapting Practice Skills to Fit the Cultural Context of the Individual

And: The Culturally Proficient Continuum: Cultural Destructiveness, Cultural Incapacity, Cultural Blindness, Cultural Pre-competence, Cultural Competence, Cultural Proficiency

Why is a person of color not automatically culturally competent?
How do I work with an increasingly diverse staff and client population?
What knowledge do I need to function effectively in the midst of diversity?
How do I adapt?
Where am I and my organization on the Cultural Proficiency Continuum, and where do I go from here?
Eric Wall, Instructor,
Kentlake High School
Kent School District
The greater the diversity the greater the need for social mores (or rules of conduct) that allow people to interact without offending one another. Cultural Proficiency is the answer.