"Improving Cultural Competence: Stages of Racial and Cultural Identity Development"
The development of culturally responsive clinical skills is vital to the effectiveness of behavioral health services. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), cultural competence “refers to the ability to honor and respect the beliefs, languages, interpersonal styles, and behaviors of individuals and families receiving services, as well as staff members who are providing such services. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 59, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.