Greetings from the Cultural Engagement Committee! The CET has considered feedback from a variety of employees and have decided to expand our horizons regarding our focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) celebratory months. Therefore, we have encouraged each other to explore a DEI area of interest and share related information. Several websites are available that list days and months of particular importance. Interestingly, they are not all the same! It is our hope that you explore these sites and engage in learning!
If you are searching for opportunities to increase your awareness of DEI issues, we direct your attention to HealthStreams, our e-learning platform. HealthStreams currently has 20 DEI-related trainings and by the end of September will add 23 more! Many of the new trainings are around 15 minutes in length and cover a myriad of topics including Inclusive Leadership, Social & Racial Justice, and the Power of Small (Micro-messaging). Some of these trainings may meet CE/CEU requirements. Engage in learning and obtain free credits for licensure – how’s that for a fantastic combo?
In thinking about DEI conceptualization, it may be helpful to utilize a model of diversity. The ADDRESSING framework [Hays (2008). Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice, Second Edition: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy. American Psychological Association: Washington DC] helps to formulate the complexities of diversity, as well as, provide opportunities to explore hierarchies in relationships. The framework is an acronym:
D= Developmental Disabilities
D= Acquired Disabilities
S= Socioeconomic Status
S= Sexual Orientation
I= Indigenous Heritage
N= National Origin
Each of these diverse characteristics hold areas of privilege and non-privilege. For example, in our culture, those who are male tend to hold higher privilege then females or transgendered individuals. This is not to create negative feelings within the person who has the presumed power; however, it is intended for individuals to understand where discrepancies in power reside in relationships and provide a starting point from which to discuss them. An understanding of power differentials may allow discussions to “go deeper” increasing trust, further developing the therapeutic alliance.
Consider integrating the ADDRESSING Framework into your conceptualizations with clients/patients. As you continue on the path to increased DEI awareness, check out the links for pertinent celebrations, as well as, all of the current and new HealthStreams offerings.