CTH6210 Issues and Methods in Cross-cultural Competence in Creative Arts Therapies

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

Evaluates 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. Students will assess 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. 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. The course requires the student to both apply methods of cultural competence within creative art therapies and assess their own level of cultural competence. 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.