In this presentation on Multicultural Competence, Dr. Vetta Thompson discusses various concepts such as multicultural awareness and competence, diversity, acculturation and assimilation relative to the assessment and delivery of services to mental health clients.
Presenter: Vetta Sanders-Thompson, PhD
Vetta Sanders-Thompson, PhD, is currently on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, the Brown School, and was an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Department of Community Health, at Saint Louis University. Dr. Thompson’s research has covered a broad range of issues addressing health and mental health. Her research includes developing and applying measurement tools to assess ethnic/racial identity, racism, discrimination and stressful life events, and socio-cultural determinants and correlates of health and mental health in African Americans.
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this program. MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.
This module will talk about early mental health care centers in the state of Missouri including State Hospital Number One in Fulton, the St. Louis County Insane Asylum, and the Saint Louis Hospital for Social Evils. The history of these hospitals, the treatments offered patients, and the management of people with mental illness as affected by social and medical movements form the core of this presentation.
The past century has seen vast improvements in population health, much of which can be attributed not only to significant scientific discoveries, but to efforts to translate those discoveries into practice more readily. However, with many chronic diseases remaining, new epidemics being introduced, and a changing healthcare landscape characterized by the integration of mental and behavioral health care into primary care settings, it is increasingly imperative that the healthcare field more rapidly integrate high-quality research evidence (e.g., effective clinical interventions and practice guidelines) into clinical practice.
Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a multi-component approach to inform clinical practice decision making in an effort to maximize improvements to population health. EBDM theorizes that clinical decisions are best informed when they are based on 1) a rich understanding of population characteristics, needs, values, and preferences; 2) practitioner expertise and other existing resources; and 3) the best available research evidence while 4) accounting for the current environmental and organizational context.
Validation is a critical component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a skill which practitioners will need to learn, practice, and fine tune in order to be truly effective. Dr. Ronda Oswalt Reitz talks with us about who benefits most by the use of validation. She also explains in detail the Six Levels of Validation as proposed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the architect of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Understanding and practicing these validation levels will help you as a clinician and the people you serve to engage each other in an open, trusting, therapeutic environment.