Cultural humility, a process of reflection and lifelong inquiry, involves self-awareness of personal and cultural biases as well as awareness and sensitivity to significant cultural issues of others. Core to the process of cultural humility is the researcher’s deliberate reflection of her/his values and biases.
Cultural humility is different from other culturally-based training ideals because it focuses on self-humility rather than achieving a state of knowledge or awareness. Cultural humility was formed in the physical healthcare field and adapted for therapists and social workers to increase the quality of their interactions with clients and community members.
Cultural humility was also established due to the limitations of cultural competence. Some professionals, like social workers, medical professionals, or educators, believed themselves to be culturally competent after learning some generalizations of a particular culture. Cultural humility encourages an active participation in order to learn about a patient's or client's personal and cultural experiences. This training is based on the infant mental health diversity-informed tenants and will cover standpoint theory, social location, and racial trauma. Participants can explore identify personal beliefs and values and how these factors influence their own behaviors when working with clients and colleagues. Participants will be encouraged to use tools to practice the cultural humility principle of “client as expert” when serving individuals and communities. Safe space will be constructed for participants to practice respectful and curious inquiry about individual and community points of view, values and life experiences, holding the stance of “listen as if the speaker is wise”.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: