IPS' Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Intervention Programs (CCIPs)
IPS developed the Aboriginal Mental Health Cultural Competency Profile (CCP: Westerman, 2003, 2017 in preparation) as a method of firstly measuring the baseline core skills of those working with Aboriginal clients. This research found that those who are ‘culturally competent’ in Aboriginal mental health consistently have skills across five key areas including;
- cultural knowledge including local knowledge, general knowledge, application of cultural knowledge and mental health specific knowledge;
- skills & abilities which includes the ability to apply mainstream mental health training in a manner which is effective with Aboriginal clients;
- attitudes and beliefs which is about the desire and motivation of practitioners to be ‘culturally competent’;
- resources and links into the local community, and finally,
- organisational cultural competency.
MEASURING CULTURAL COMPETENCE
Participants complete the CCP online are are then provided with a comprehensive feedback report. This report not only details the individuals ‘baseline’ skills across all five areas of cultural competency but also includes analysis of what the individuals scores mean in relation to their ability to work with Aboriginal clients. It provides specific strategies and directs participants towards resources which ensure the improvement of these areas over time.
As the CCP has been normed on over 700 people, scores can also be compared to the ‘average’ level of cultural competency in the Australian workforce and importantly, compare your organisation to others in the field.
IPS’ ACHIEVEMENTS IN IMPROVING ORGANISATIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL CULTURAL COMPETENCY:
IPS has analysed the results of 177 individuals who have participated in their CCIPs. These programs have involved three stages including;
- measurement, feedback and analysis of individual and organisational cultural competencies via administration of the CCP;
- Design and delivery of an IPS Aboriginal mental health training program based on cultural competency results, and;
- re-evaluation of cultural competencies (post-test), determination of improvement from pre-training to post-training intervention and recommendations to develop cultural competencies over time.
Results demonstrated statistically significant improvements across all areas of cultural competency from pre to post-training intervention DOWNLOAD RESULTS OF THESE PROGRAMS HERE