How do we understand culture and approach cultural differences? What are some key components for cultural effectiveness? And how do our cultural values intersect with biases we may experience?
This online workshop will explore these questions and the importance of cultural values, while providing a culture-general framework for effective cultural analysis that may be used in various situations and professional settings. Additionally, the typical conversation about biases will be expanded and viewed from a cultural perspective as a way to increase self-awareness.
Cultural intelligence, or CQ, is defined as a measure of one’s capacity to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Improving our cultural intelligence (CQ) is essential because emotional intelligence (EQ) is culture-bound. Culture and CQ are process-oriented, so we will address these issues in a way that goes beyond stereotypes, and inadequate do’s and don’ts with different cultures.
Following this workshop, participants will be able to to:
- 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 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. Free for Lewis & Clark Clinical Supervisors.
Instructor: Cheryl Forster, PsyD
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 served 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.