Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Cultural Competence in Child and Adolescent Clinical Practice


Course Description: The United States faces a rapidly changing demographic and cultural landscape, with its population becoming increasingly multiracial and multicultural. In consequence, cultural and racial factors relating to mental illness and emotional disturbances deserve closer attention and consideration. This course outlines clinical applications of the principle of cultural competence that will enable child and adolescent mental health clinicians to better serve diverse children, adolescents, and their families.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the recent demographic changes in the United States that are significant for child mental health services
  • Critique principles of cultural competence that enable child and adolescent mental health clinicians to better serve diverse children, adolescents, and their families

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 1 CE Credit or Hour

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Andres J. Pumariega, MD, Eugenio Rothe, MD, Ayesha Mian, MD, Lee Carlisle, MD, Claudio Toppelberg, MD, Toi Harris, MD, Rama Rao Gogineni, MD, Sala Webb, MD, Jacqueline Smith, MD, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Committee on Quality Issues (CQI)

Content Publisher(s): American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, © All Rights Reserved, 2017

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Pumariega is Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, Cooper University Hospital. A specialist in Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Pumariega joins Cooper from The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pa., where he served as Chair of Psychiatry and Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Rothe is a licensed medical doctor in the State of Florida, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Mian is a board certified psychiatrist who has experience with adult patients who need psychopharmacology (medication management) and psychotherapy, and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Carlisle is Attending Psychiatrist, Central Washington Hospital.

Dr. Toppelberg is a research scientist, Judge Baker Children's Center, and a principal investigator, Child Language & Developmental Psychiatry, and member of the medical staff, Children's Hospital Boston Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Harris is working in collaboration with Texas Children's Hospital's Child Protection Team and with community partners such as the Children's Assessment Center and Harris County Juvenile Probation Department to create a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic designed to meet the psychological and psychiatric needs of maltreated children within the custody of either child protective services or the legal system.

Dr. Gogineni is Head, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Regional Hospital Psychiatry.

Dr. Webb is a board certified psychiatrist in Richmond, Virginia. She is affiliated with VCU Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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