A Scientific Approach to Acculturation

Initial Impression – A Scientific Approach to Acculturation

Like all industries, I think the rehabilitation industry must have appropriate and reasonable regulations. And accordingly those regulations must meet certain political and scientific requirements if they’re to make sense to anyone. 1) Requirements need to reinforce the legal language and structures of the US Constitution–in this case non-discrimination laws. Those laws of course cover disability, which has a unique culture that is intersectional across class, race, sex, orientation, gender, religion and even nationality. 2) Secondly, the requirements need to address quanitifiability and qualitativeness. This latter reason is the most daunting due to the very linguistic, conceptual and controversial nature of topics–especially culture. Although “kindness” and “tact” are central ways in order to approach culture, the very definition of those ideas are questionable if a culture is pathological.

Exploring the Components of a Multicultural Theory

In this course we covered the three unique concepts, Cultural Humility (CH), Cultural Competence (CC), and Cultural Sensitivity (CS).  My interpretations for them consider how they could and whether they are measurable. Cultural Sensitivity is essentially the capacity to sense or read the presence of a cultural interaction versus an interaction that is simply random:

-3cs… -2cs… -4cs… 0… +1cs… +2cs… +3cs…

Cultural Competence is essentially one’s capacity for performing or comprehending cultural tasks and concepts. Can you speak in a language? Can you carry out a religious ritual? Can you carry out a cultural ritual? Can you court towards a particular gender? Can you perform a certain task? All these things form cultural competence Cultural competence essentially asks of someone’s ability to accomplish an isolated cultural task. We are all culturally competent of something, even if it is seen as irrelevant to another. One person’s cultural incompetence is a competency of another. For instance when addressing the original topic of tact and kindness, with in restaurateurs, there even exists restaurants where people tip for being treated rudely, like Dick’s Last Resort. It virtually of anything nameable that a person can do can essentially be named as a competence:

(n of cc known)

Cultural Humility is a holistic process that has to consider the ratio of known human epistemology to unknown epistemology. I imagine mathematically if it was expressed in an equation, it would be the number of an individual’s cultural competencies divided by their number of cultural competencies unknown:

(n of cc known/ n of cc known)

Final Impression

When it comes to addressing these nuances I feel that we all can master cultural humility but it takes acknowledging that culture is a factor. It additionally requires that we keep a constant inventory of our cultural experiences and areas of growth. How many foreign and different friends? How many diverse food? How many lands traveled? How many languages spoken? How many romances endeavored? All these are areas of investigation deepen and strengthen our capacity as counselors.


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