Ethics: Are You Culturally Competent to Serve Your Clients? Recently, the ASHA Ethics Board published an Issues in Ethics Bulletin on the topic of cultural competence. This bulletin reminds ASHA members and certificate holders of their responsibilities in “providing appropriate services to all populations, while recognizing their own cultural/linguistic background or life experience and that of their client/patient/student” ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2004
Ethics: Are You Culturally Competent to Serve Your Clients?
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  • Mary Pat McCarthy
    Department of Communication Disorders, Clarion University, Clarion, PA
  • Mary Pat McCarthyColumn Editor
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Ethics
Article   |   October 01, 2004
Ethics: Are You Culturally Competent to Serve Your Clients?
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2004, Vol. 14, 6-9. doi:10.1044/aas14.3.6
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2004, Vol. 14, 6-9. doi:10.1044/aas14.3.6
Recently, the ASHA Ethics Board published an Issues in Ethics Bulletin on the topic of cultural competence. This bulletin reminds ASHA members and certificate holders of their responsibilities in “providing appropriate services to all populations, while recognizing their own cultural/linguistic background or life experience and that of their client/patient/student” (ASHA, 2005, p. 1). This article will define cultural competence in light of general clinical practice. In addition, it will provide some basic self-assessment tools to be used by clinicians, educators, and administrators in identifying their level of cultural competence. Additional resources that are accessible to ASHA members using the ASHA Web site will also be discussed.
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