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Understanding and Minimizing Cultural Bias for Paraprofessionals
Understanding and Minimizing Cultural Bias for Paraprofessionals

Biases affect all individuals. It is the natural outcome of our brain’s efforts to classify and organize the massive amount of information we confront each day. We each have a cultural background from which we view the world. Our cultural background influences the assumptions that we make about ourselves, others, and the world. Cultural bias can lead to stereotyping and limiting belief systems. Rather than denying the existence of such biases, your goal should be to increase your awareness of the specific biases you hold. Seek to understand how they operate for you in your day-to-day work with clients. This course will introduce you to some common cultural biases. You will also learn approaches you can use to reduce the potential impact of cultural bias.

The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals in health and human services with information and strategies on how to reduce the impact of cultural biases.

This course will provide you with an overview of the influence of cultural biases on behavioral healthcare. If you want more information on cultural issues, we recommend that you review our other courses on this topic.

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