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Cultural competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes and policies that come together in a system, agency or professional to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. The word culture is used because it implies having the capacity to function effectively. A culturally competent system of care acknowledges and incorporates - at all levels - the importance of culture, the assessment of cross-cultural relations, vigilance towards the dynamics that result from cultural differences, the expansion of cultural knowledge and the adaptation of services to meet culturally unique needs.
Social work with youth, Minorities -- Mental health services, Young adults -- Mental health services, Social work with children
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Portland State University. Regional Research Institute, "Focal Point, Volume 03 Number 01" (1988). Research and Training Center - Focal Point. 7.