Natalie Thoreson

Cultural Competency in Work with Youth
Learn cultural competency concepts and the necessary skills to provide the best support for youth in care, including the development of a safe, affirming environment for youth regardless of their ability, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, or cultures of origin. Develop a deeper understanding of one another across varying identities; examine how our individual identities may be perceived and effect our interaction with the youth we serve. Explore basic definitions of oppression, discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes, social power, and oppression through activities and group dialogue. Through increased exposure to terminology used in diversity related discourse, increase your personal skills in cross-cultural communication. Challenge yourself to cultivate Critical Consciousness as you participate in large and small group dialogue and self-reflection.