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Cultural Sensitivity

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Liz Constantinou

on 28 June 2016

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Transcript of Cultural Sensitivity

It's My Privilege
Cultural Sensibility
Cue boring definitions...
Cultural Iceberg
Let's look a little deeper...
It's My Privilege
Especially in the context of trauma.
It's All About Perspective
Special Populations
A Non Exhaustive List
People with Disabilities
Cultural/Ethnic groups
Adult survivors of CSA
Trauma effects everyone! Differently!
Individuals react differently to extremely stressful circumstances.

These individualized responses are based on many factors including but not limited to: temperament, coping style, life experience, previous trauma, presence or lack of support system, history of mental illness, cognitive ability etc etc etc
Cultural Sensibility 101
Cultural Sensitivity: Being aware that cultural differences and similarities exist and have an effect on values, learning and behavior.
Refers to how sensibility ("openness to emotional impressions, susceptibility and sensitiveness") relates to a person’s moral, emotional or aesthetic ideas or standards.
Cultural Competency: A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes and policies that come together as a system, agency or among professionals and enable that system, agency or those professionals to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
We can't effectively talk about cultural sensibility if we don't discuss privilege too.
Unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group.
People with Substance Use Disorders
Undocumented Immigrant groups
HIV positive
Religious affiliation or none
Sex workers

Be mindful that many people identify as many things ie a man who is Hispanic, Catholic, trans, has a disability and is currently homeless. We call this, Intersectionality!
Not like a regular cultural sensitivity training.
Keep In Mind...
Think about the perspective of not being in a dominant cultural group coupled with experiencing sexual violence.
Reactions to sexual assault may hold different historical and cultural meaning among various cultural, ethnic, minority groups, gender identities etc.
May exacerbate feelings of shame, feelings of anxiety especially if there are fears about the reaction of family friends or other group members

Survivor status may compromise current and/or future place in the group or have future repercussions
Enhanced reactions
Cultural Consideration
Increased depression and/or anxiety
Feelings of helplessness/hoplessness
Increased self-blame and shame
Fearful of family, friends and community reaction

Avoidant reactions about reporting the crime out of a belief they will not be considered seriously or worthy of attention

Ex. people with disabilities may be concerned about being placed in a group home vs living independently as a result of reporting
A common sense approach.
Focus on the client as an individual (duh)

Focus first on the person and their needs, and then in the context of their family and culture.

Work with survivors within their cultural traditions/belief systems or physical and mental disabilities

Identify barriers to accessing support and resource systems

Ask! Politely! But never make somebody "the spokesperson" for their culture
Cultural Considerations in Providing Services
Special efforts should be undertaken to extend services for individuals who experience the full impact of powerlessness and personal devastation and then experience a sexual assault in the context of already difficult and challenging lives.
Sexual violence is a human rights issue, and freedom from its reach should be a universal cultural value.
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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