CTH4210 Cross-cultural Competence in Creative Arts Therapies

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

Explores cultural competence as a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together and are translated into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the quality of ministry. Examines the effectiveness of operating in different cultural contexts beyond knowledge, sensitivity, and awareness through the use of creative arts therapies.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course provides an examination of cultural competence as separate and distinct from cultural diversity or cultural sensitivity. It asserts that cultural competence goes beyond mere awareness and focuses on the actual effectiveness of working with various cultures. The course addresses achieving this competence through a discussion of the methods of cultural competence from the lens of creative arts therapies. While the aim of diversity training was knowledge of other cultures and the goal of sensitivity training was not to offend others, the goal of competence aims to consciously achieve effectiveness while working with others. Cross cultural skils applied within creative art therapies will be a valuable and transferable skill for any student who takes the course.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course goes beyond the cultural diversity training and cultural sensitivity training of previous generations. It provides the latest approach in working with other cultures by assessing the effectiveness of cross cultural interactions, a skill that is of the utmost importance in personal ministry. Course concepts will be examined specifically through the lens of creative arts therapy, which is a very effective cross-cultural intervention in and of itself.