Culture plays an integral role in the formation of health-related beliefs. Further, our beliefs about health and illness strongly influence our healthcare behavior.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
HealthForumOnline (HFO), an online provider of nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied healthcare professionals, announces updates to 2 courses in their Cultural Diversity category. The courses recently updated include, Attributions of Illness Causation: Cultural Perspectives and Health Care Implications and Cultural Competency in Pediatric Psychology: Issues & Clinical Applications.
Culture plays an integral role in the formation of health-related beliefs. Further, our beliefs about health and illness strongly influence our healthcare behavior. In the ever-changing multicultural society we live in, health professionals must have knowledge of and sensitivity to patients' culture-specific health-related beliefs to best promote disease prevention (e.g., cancer screening), enhance adjustment to illness (e.g., reduce depression and anxiety), and improve adherence to treatment (e.g., chronic disease management).
Not surprisingly, the recent trend in health care has been to advocate for culturally competent care. However, training that specifically outlines what it means to be culturally competent and how to integrate that into one's clinical practice is sparse. In particular, many mental healthcare professionals have limited or, at best, peripheral training with regard to how to provide culturally-sensitive care.
The recently updated state-of-the-science course content in these 2 online CE courses from HFO will assist mental health professionals and allied health care workers in providing culturally diverse care to patients and their families. Specifically, the online CE course Attributions of Illness Causation: Cultural Perspectives and Health Care Implications is a valuable resource for clinicians working primarily with adults. The course provides an overview of psychological theory and empirical evidence on ethnic and cultural differences in beliefs about the causation of illness. In addition, the influence of these belief structures on several dimensions of illness and health, including health-seeking behavior, health-related communication, choice of treatment, and treatment adherence is discussed with a focus on clinical applications.
The other recently updated online CE course, Cultural Competency in Pediatric Psychology: Issues & Clinical Applications, reviews how culture influences health beliefs, communication, practices, and subsequently, patient mental health care within the contexts of child development, family psychology and health psychology. Various models that provide guidelines, assessment strategies and interventions for use in the pediatric health setting are presented.
These recently updated online CE courses make it simple for busy licensed mental health and allied health care professionals to expand their knowledge base in the context of cultural diversity and complete required continuing education credits online at their own pace and on their own schedule and responsibility. Interested psychologists, social workers, counselors and other allied health professionals can also chose from HFO’s 17 other topic categories containing over 80 online continuing education courses -- all convenient, cost-effective, and theory- and evidence-based. Participants access and complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere there is Internet access. Completed CE courses can be revisited to review course updates and certificates reprinted at any time.
HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.