Recruitment & Retention of Child Welfare Professionals Program
The child welfare population is culturally diverse. Indeed, this population is so diverse that it is not possible for child welfare staff to be culturally competent in all of the populations they encounter. The concept of "cultural humility" challenges child welfare staff to learn from the diverse people with whom they work, reserve judgment, and bridge the cultural divide between perspectives in order to develop and maintain mutual respect and a collaborative working relationship. Another key concept in the training is intersectionality. Intersectionality (of social identities) recognizes that human differences vary along important dimensions beyond race or ethnicity and includes gender, gender identity, age, and ability, all of which work together, interact, and lead to individual differences and perspectives depending on the social context. A multiple case-based, self-reflective and interactive training curriculum is delivered by Professor Faller and Professor Ortega.