The links on this page provide more information about:
- Helpful local and regional community resources
- Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment Tools and Documents
- Linguistic Competence
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Provided is a list of mental health providers working in or around Alamance County who indicate that they serve children zero through five years old. This list may serve as a useful resource for parents, caregivers, and professionals working with young children to locate mental health services for youngsters zero through five years old.
The information included in this listing has been self-reported – that is, supplied by each mental health provider about himself or herself. The Alamance Alliance for Children and Families has not verified the accuracy or completeness of this information, nor does it endorse the qualifications or quality of the providers themselves. Further, the Alamance Alliance for Children and Families is not in a position to recommend one provider over another. The Alliance recommends that parents and caregivers work with their primary health care provider to find the professional who can best meet the needs of their children for social and emotional health issues.
Cultural and Linguistic Competency Resources
Cultural Competence: Definition
Cultural competency is the ability of individuals and systems to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each (North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families).
Linguistic Competence Definition
Linguistic competence is the capacity of an organization and its personnel to communicate effectively and convey information in a manner that is easily understood by diverse audiences including persons of limited English proficiency, those who have low literacy skills or are not literate, and individuals with disabilities (National Center for Cultural Competence, Planning for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in State Title V Programs, February, 2004).Linguistic Competence: Definition
Why is Cultural and Linguistic Competence Important?
Cultural and linguistic competence embraces the principles of equal access and non-discriminatory practices in service delivery.
Guiding Values & Principles
Practice & Service Design
• Cultural competence is achieved by identifying and understanding the needs and help-seeking behaviors of individuals and families;
• Culturally competent organizations design and implement services that are tailored or matched to the unique needs of individuals, children, families, organizations and communities served; and
• Practice is driven in service delivery systems by client preferred choices, not by culturally blind or culturally free interventions.
• Cultural competence involves working in conjunction with natural, informal support and helping networks within culturally diverse communities (e.g. neighborhood, civic and advocacy associations; local/neighborhood merchants and alliance groups; ethnic, social, and religious organizations; and spiritual leaders and healers);
• Communities determine their own needs;
• Community members are full partners in decision making; and
• Community engagement should result in the reciprocal transfer of knowledge and skills among all collaborators and partners.
Family & Consumers
• Family is defined differently by different cultures;
• Family as defined by each culture is usually the primary system of support and preferred intervention; and
• Family or consumers are the ultimate decision makers for services and supports for their children and/or themselves.
• Services and supports are delivered in the preferred language and/or mode of delivery of the population served;
• Written materials are translated, adapted, and/or provided in alternative formats based on the needs and preferences of the populations served;
• Interpretation and translation services comply with all relevant Federal, state, and local mandates governing language access; and
• Consumers are engaged in evaluation of language access and other communication services to ensure for quality and satisfaction.
See Sidebar for Assessment Tools and Documents and Linguistic Competence
Other Guiding Values and Principles for Community Engagement" and "Family & Consumers" are excerpts from the work of Taylor, T., & Brown, M., 1997, Georgetown University Child Development Center, (GUCDC) University Affiliated Program.
Promoting Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency- Self Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to Children with Disabilities & Special Health Care Needs Goode, T., 2002, NCCC, GUCDC.