Chapter 4. Characteristics and Ethics in Providing Culturally Efficacious Services
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CHARACTERISTICS AND ETHICS IN PROVIDING CULTURALLY EFFICACIOUS SERVICES
We are the product of our ethnic and cultural consciousness, an identity that is empowered by the affirmation of who we are and our willingness to continue development.
In response to the changing demographics, this chapter addresses culturally efficacious problem-solving providers that may include: teachers, counselors, mentors, school psychologists, psychologists, and social workers. Cultural competency is presented as the underlying construct that supports the scaffold connection between care for self and others. Self-awareness is revisited to address the importance of culturally competent self-regulation and to introduce the concept of calibration—adjusting one’s own engagement style to that of the person one is working with. The importance of setting boundaries and defining service parameters, individually and within systems, is discussed with the ethical considerations in providing services and ensuring safety.
The 2000 U. S. Census identifies Latinos/as as the largest racial minority in the United States. The number of Latinos/as has doubled over the past ← 39 | 40 → 20 years. Projections indicate that by 2035, one-third of all American citizens will be Latino/a (NCLA, 2010). These changes will have systematic impact. Latinos/as, the largest minority student group in public schools at 24% in 2012, come with distinct cultural views and experiences (Kena et al., 2015) that impact teaching and learning. There are over five million students attending U.S. schools who report Spanish as their primary language (Garcia &...
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