Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Profile (CCP)

The Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Profile and Cultural Supervision Plan is unique to Australia in that it is the only tool that has been both culturally and psychometrically validated as a measure of Aboriginal mental health cultural competence. The research and therefore evidence base) behind the development of the CCP has been extensive.

Its initial development was based upon the PhD of Dr Tracy Westerman and commenced in 1998. It involved focus groups with over 200 Aboriginal people as a method of determining the key factors that predict Aboriginal mental health competence in practice. An analysis of these results determined that the Aboriginal community defined cultural competency as being made up of the following key areas:

Cultural Knowledge – whether there is sufficient cultural, local and mental health specific knowledge to be able to work at an effective level with Aboriginal people;

Skills and Abilities – does the individual have the ability to apply their skills in a way that is effective with Aboriginal mental health clients;

 Attitudes & Beliefs – assesses the degree of attitude and belief ‘fit’ between Aboriginal client and practitioner;

Resources and Linkages – determines the availability of community, resources and links to the practitioner; and

Organisational Influences – which gauges participants views on how their Organisation functions across different levels of Aboriginal mental health service delivery.

The CCP has been normed on 623 practitioners Australia wide. The normative data means that average levels of competency have been able to be calculated, thus providing vital information on the nature of the Aboriginal mental health workforce within Australia and allowing baseline skills to be compared against a national average or benchmark.

The CCP once completed, provides you with an extensive feedback report which readily translates into a cultural supervision plan. The average report is over 9 pages in length. The feedback provides you with an indication of your levels of competency across the FIVE areas of cultural competency as specified above. It also provides you with a comparison with others working in the field. 

The report then analyses what your results mean in terms of particular skills in working directly with Aboriginal clients and finally provides a range of strategies geared towards increasing your current levels of cultural competency across each of the five areas. In this sense the report provides an analysis of your current skills; how to improve your current  skills and how to use this information for your future cultural supervision and learning. For an example of the report Click Here.