Cultural Values, Intelligence, Bias, and Self-Awareness

10/26/2019 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: Diversity Training, Staff Cultural Compentency, Sociocultural Attunement

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

How do we understand culture? How do we approach cultural differences? What are some key components for cultural effectiveness, and how do our cultural values intersect with biases we may experience?

This workshop will explore these questions and more, while providing a culture-general framework for effective cultural analysis that may be used in various situations and professional settings.

Cultural intelligence, or CQ, is defined as a measure of one’s capacity to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Improving our CQ serves as a way to develop skills for when the cultural context changes and enhance our interactions across cultures (e.g., national, ethnic, professional). Culture and CQ are both process-oriented, thus, this workshop will address these issues in a way that goes beyond stereotypes, and inadequate “do’s and don’ts” with different cultures.

The importance of cultural values will be addressed as well. Finally, the typical conversation about biases will be expanded and viewed from a cultural perspective as a way to increase self-awareness.

How do we understand culture? How do we approach cultural differences? What are some key components for cultural effectiveness, and how do our cultural values intersect with biases we may experience?

This workshop will explore these questions and more, while providing a culture-general framework for effective cultural analysis that may be used in various situations and professional settings.

Cultural intelligence, or CQ, is defined as a measure of one’s capacity to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Improving our CQ serves as a way to develop skills for when the cultural context changes and enhance our interactions across cultures (e.g., national, ethnic, professional). Culture and CQ are both process-oriented, thus, this workshop will address these issues in a way that goes beyond stereotypes, and inadequate “do’s and don’ts” with different cultures.

The importance of cultural values will be addressed as well. Finally, the typical conversation about biases will be expanded and viewed from a cultural perspective as a way to increase self-awareness.

Following this workshop, participants will be able to to:
- Differentiate between two approaches to culture
- Discuss why a culture-general frame is needed for diversity work
- Describe the four components of cultural intelligence (CQ)
- Recognize differences between individualistic and collectivistic cultures
- Recognize differences between small and large power distance values
- Define at least ten core cultural value dimensions
- Apply cultural value knowledge to bias work (unconscious and conscious)

Who Should Attend? This workshop will benefit family therapists, counselors, educators, social workers, case managers, and other professionals seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills around working with diverse populations.

Cost: $60, includes 3.25 PDUs or Washington Clock Hours. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

About the Presenter
As a psychologist and an Asian-American woman, Cheryl Forster brings a strong and unique set of skills to her work as an intercultural trainer. Her subject matter expertise, love of learning, and warmth come across in her workshops. Dr. Forster’s intercultural training business is called Bookmark Connections; her continuing education and organizational workshops focus on incorporating and integrating the intercultural perspective with social justice and multicultural approaches to diversity work. Since 2004, she has worked at Portland State University’s (PSU) Center for Student Health and Counseling, where she is the Coordinator of Diversity and the Psychology Internship (PSU has a doctoral internship training program). She is a former Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies’ (ACCTA) Diversity Scholar, and currently serves on the ACCTA Board of Directors (2017 to 2019). In the spring of 2018, she taught a class at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and became a Certified Advanced Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Facilitator. Cheryl is also a contributing author in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015).Her interest in intercultural communication began over a decade ago when she pursued ongoing post-graduate studies in intercultural communication from the highly respected Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI); she also earned her advanced-level Intercultural Practitioner Certificate from ICI. Learn more about Dr. Forster’s work at www.bookmarkconnections.com.