IPS has been at the forefront of research, development and delivery of Cultural Competency Intervention Programs (CCIPs) since 1998. IPS experience when first entering this field was that the skills which constitute cultural competence have historically been poorly defined and research validated. The end result was often that programs were not able to correctly target the necessary skills required for individuals to improve their cultural competence. Often, cultural competence has also become confused with 'cultural awareness'.
IPS programs in being based upon 10 years of research means that the predictors of cultural competence have been empirically determined for the first time. This then means that our training packages have been developed based upon incorporating these relevant factors, but they are also able to be rigorously evaluated via the development of a number of cultural competency tests including the Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Profile and the General Cultural Competency Profile.
The ability to target and measure the improvement of cultural competencies separate IPS from all other cultural competency programs.
IPS' cultural competency programs are as follows:
- Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Intervention Programs
- General Cultural Competency Intervention Programs
- Cultural Audits of Organisations