Most individuals face challenges in developing their cultural competency. This is often due to a lack of exposure to different cultures and/or groups. There are individuals who have grown up or lived in communities that had little diversity within the population. Many individuals have never had the opportunity to visit another culture and observe the unique traditions and customs. Some individuals have never left the country, state, or even town in which they live. Yet, the world in which psychologists practice is becoming more global, less regionally restricted, and more diverse. Familiarizing yourself with cultures that you may not have previously encountered, but may be highly likely to encounter in the future, is a first step toward becoming culturally competent.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a description of a culture or group with which you are unfamiliar. Then, explain challenges you might encounter as you examine your own values, biases, and attitudes about this culture or group. Explain how you see these affecting your ability to work ethically and competently with clients in this culture or group. Be specific and provide examples.