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Tips for Counselors Serving Minority Populations, Part 4

In this part of our series on serving minority clients, we want to look at the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility.

Cultural competence refers to the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people from different cultures. It involves having knowledge and awareness of one's own cultural beliefs and practices, as well as those of others, in order to provide appropriate and respectful care or services.

Cultural humility, on the other hand, is a mindset or attitude that involves being open to learning about different cultures and recognizing one's own limitations in understanding and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. It involves acknowledging and challenging one's own biases and assumptions, and being willing to continually educate oneself and engage in self-reflection in order to provide more culturally responsive and equitable care or services.

In essence, cultural competence focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills related to different cultures, while cultural humility emphasizes a willingness to approach cultural differences with an open mind, humility, and a commitment to ongoing learning and growth as explained in the following video:

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