The Psychology of Intercultural Adjustment: Tools for Self-Awareness and Practice
The increasing globalization of society requires greater ease in intercultural interactions. Intercultural adjustment can be challenging in public service, education and the workforce given 1) the diversity of families, including intra-familial diversity (multicultural families); 2) the recognition that our "culture" is translated through parents, family and community members; and 3) the frequency of interactions requiring personal adjustment. In particular, the workforce is becoming more diverse requiring that we adapt to ethnic, gender, and other cultural differences including inter-professional diversity. The ability to be successful and competent in intercultural situations has been attributed to personality, intelligence, and previous experiences. This workshop will address intercultural adjustment and interactions in multiple settings by considering what it takes to develop intercultural sensitivity and competence. Participants will do a self-assessment and a group exercise about intercultural interactions. Information will be shared about the challenges of intercultural interactions, identity development, culture shock, and cultural intelligence, and models for intercultural contact and intercultural competency will be presented and discussed. Participants will have opportunity to practice application of learning to professional cases.
Keywords: Cultural Competency, Diversity, Globalism, Intercultural
Dr. Rebecca Phillips
Vice President, Education and Training, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Lisa Vaughn
Associate Professor, Field Service, General and Community Pediatrics