CALD 9 - Working in a Mental Health Context with CALD Clients

CALD 9 - Working in a Mental Health Context with CALD Clients

CALD 9 is an advanced course and is more specialised and comprehensive than other CALD courses.

Before proceeding with this course:

  • Please ensure you have completed the CALD 1 Culture and Cultural Competency face to face or online course.
  • You also need to familiarise yourself with the Pre Course Reading information (by clicking on the link). This course will not repeat or explain in detail the information in the pre-course reading however some of the materials will be referred to in the course.

We will only recommend this course to those who have fundamental mental health knowledge.

  • 7 hours (CME/CNE/MOPS accredited) - 6 hours face to face learning plus 1 hour pre-reading
  • 5 hours (CME/CNE/MOPS accredited)  - 4 hours online learning plus 1 hour pre-reading

CALD 1 is the pre-requisite for this course.

The CALD 9 course only provides a recap of CALD 2, 3, 4, and 7 and it is highly recommended that learners complete CALD 2, 3, 4, 7 to have more background information before or after doing this course.

This course is intended for anyone working in a mental health context in primary care, secondary care or mental health services and who is currently working with or anticipating working with CALD clients with mental health issues.

The aim of this course is to develop your skills to provide strategies for managing cross-cultural interactions, screening, assessment, treatment and interventions when working with CALD clients in a mental health context.

Participants completing this course will be able to:

  • Become aware of the importance of a culturally oriented approach and cultural competence.
  • Have a better understanding of the issues surrounding mental health practice with CALD clients.
  • Gain skills to develop rapport with CALD clients.
  • Gain skills in cross-cultural clinical assessment and screening.
  • Develop skills in collaborative treatment planning with CALD clients.

On completing this course you will be able to understand the challenges of cross-cultural assessment and mental health diagnosis. You will have developed new skills to enable you to better understand your clients and improve your rapport by understanding their mental health beliefs and practices, cultural behaviours and expectations.

Before attending the CALD 9 face to face course or starting the CALD 9 online course we highly recommend that you familiarise yourself with topics discussed in the Pre Course Reading for the CALD 9 Working in a Mental Health Context with CALD clients course. The CALD 9 course will not repeat or explain in detail the information in this pre-course reading however some of the materials will be referred to in the course.

The topics covered in the pre-course reading include:

  • Why is cultural competency important?
  • Mental Health as a Western Discipline
  • Cross-cultural Issues in Assessment
  • Western Frameworks
  • Concept of Self Differs
  • Aetiology
  • Ethno-cultural Variations in Expressing Distress
  • Ethno-cultural Identity
  • Explanatory Models
  • Help-seeking patterns
  • CALD Assessment Tool
  • Pointers for engaging in therapeutic interventions
  • Transference Issues
  • Overall Cultural Assessment for Diagnosis and Care
  • Applicability of Therapeutic Treatments

You will be given an extra hour on your certificate of attendance for the time take to go through this pre-reading.

I have gained awareness about the need for openness and seeking out pt and families explanatory models, collaborating and adapting to assessment and treatment to incorporate client’s ethno-cultural identifies

I like the online course interactive tools and the use of video and audio scenarios, it kept me engaged. This is high quality learning. I have learned to use the cultural assessment tool. The CALD assessment tool helps me to understand the client’s explanatory model so I can effectively communicate with them.

I have gained an understanding working with CALD clients in mental health and I have learned to be more sensitive to improve cultural understanding and gain communication skills. After this course I will ensure I will improve my interactions by listening and clarifying with clients for more understanding

I can now make conscious efforts to develop rapport with CALD clients throughout the consultation process before, during and after consultation to improve collaborative therapeutic outcomes

I do not work within a mental health context, and a lot of the information was new to me, I have found it very interesting, but aspects of the course I have found valuable and transferable to general health settings

The course was relevant to clinical practice. The content was well planned and the flow was good. I like the use of the same case for discussions throughout the course

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