The focus of this webinar is upon describing the importance of cultural proficiency in the screening and assessment processes. Mr. Osborne gives various examples of how a client’s culture shapes his/her belief system and attitude toward such issues as child rearing, sexual roles, and punctuality. He stresses the importance of a drug court program’s ability to identify these differences and provide clients necessary support services. He also discusses the process of identifying personal cultural characteristics, starting with cues and ending with behavior, and the importance of proper assessment of how these cultural characteristics may influence an individual’s behavior. For example, he references the culture of wearing baggy clothes and lack of verbalization frequent among young males which some drug court staff may associate with believe indicates that the client is resistant or has a defeatist attitude when actually he/she is expressing a desire to belong.
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