Transcultural communication in CAMHS: developing practitioners' awareness with an online cultural competency course
Article first published online: 1 MAR 2011
© 2010 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2010 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 214–217, November 2011
How to Cite
Elsegood, K. J. and Papadopoulos, I. (2011), Transcultural communication in CAMHS: developing practitioners' awareness with an online cultural competency course. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16: 214–217. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2010.00592.x
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 1 MAR 2011
- Accepted for publication: 23 July 2010Published online: 1 March 2011
- Transcultural communication;
- cultural competence;
- online course;
- mental health;
Background: CAMHS practitioners must be skilled in transcultural communication in order to meet the needs of their culturally diverse clients.
Method: This article reports on the use of an online cultural competence course1 in promoting transcultural communication with CAMHS practitioners.
Results: A qualitative analysis of practitioners’ course assignments indicated that new learning had occurred in relation to transcultural communication. Moreover, many practitioners reported actual changes to their clinical practice as a result.
Conclusions: The course is considered to be an example of good practice for developing practitioners’ awareness of transcultural communication, and prompting positive practices that may contribute to a more culturally competent CAMHS.