This online learning module is designed to facilitate skills for
effective cross cultural communication and collaboration. The
very important concept of cultural humility is a central focus.
Cultural humility entails acknowledging difference, and positioning
ourselves as people interested in learning and
understanding. Cultural humility is particularly relevant to a
trauma-informed, human-rights-based approach to social work
practice; it underscores the dignity and value of the individual
and empowers the client as expert in their experience.
This module can be used as a resource for educators, students
planning to study abroad or engage in international field work,
faculty engaged in cross-cultural research and partnerships, human
service practitioners, educators, and any other interested
Because the process of self-reflection is so important for the
development of cultural humility, sample reflection exercises are
Instructors may want to give students a pre-test and
post-test to assess their knowledge attainment. Alternately,
students can be asked to demonstrate learning through participation
in role play or self-reflection exercises.
Richards-Desai, S., Lewis, L. (2016) Conversations about
Culture: The Importance of Cultural Humility [Video file].
Retrieved from https://youtu.be/cVmOXVIF8wc.
Elze, D. (2016, June 8). Introduction to Cultural Competence
[Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/-4uhbv9hWnI.
Elze, D. (2016, June 8). Attribution Theory: Strategies for
Engaging Patients/Clients and Avoiding Inaccurate Assumptions
[Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/mOTac0bS_2A.