ACKNOWLEDGING Family Identities & Expertise

“Dialoguing with families promotes culturally responsive environments,” says parent Josephine Lorya-Ozulamu. We invite dialogue with families to understand their culturally informed expertise and experiences.

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In this section, you’ll explore strategies to effectively partner with the families of individuals with whom you work by acknowledging their whole personhood and culture: social identities, values, lived experiences, traditions, wisdom, etc. This is an ongoing, critical part of your practice because:

  1. Acknowledging families’ cultures is central to offering culturally congruent support, and
  2. Acknowledging families can positively influence behavioral health outcomes and quality of life.

This lesson facilitates practice:

  1. Explaining how family members’ identities, values, lived experiences, and expertise are central to authentic and culturally congruent family partnership,
  2. Prioritizing family members’ values to guide and determine support processes, and
  3. Describing, recognizing, and implementing the skills of encouraging partnership, compassionate responding, and demonstrating understanding.

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