Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

April 2000Vol. 1, No. 2New Training in Cultural Competence for Child Welfare Workers

Child welfare professionals have a new opportunity to obtain training in cultural competency. The organization Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) has developed a 4-day seminar for human services staff titled "A Journey Toward Cultural Competence." The training, designed for groups of 15 to 25 employees, focuses on the following areas:

  • Awareness of cultural diversity (racial and cultural barriers, ethnocentric reactions)
  • Knowledge of cultural diversity (development of racial identity, psychosocial history of racial groups
  • Skills in cultural competence (development of trust and rapport, self-assessment of cultural competency)
  • Cross-cultural encounters (role-playing, practical approaches, personal action plans).

Each day of the seminar can be presented as a separate module. For information, visit BACW's website at or contact either of the following individuals:

Joyce Johnson
Tel.: 202-942-0244
Fax: 202-638-4004

Julyette Berry
Tel. and Fax: 202-529-4675

BACW also will assess agencies for their current level of cultural competence and make recommendations for improvements. The comprehensive assessment includes:

  • Analysis of programs and policies
  • Staff and board mix
  • Administrative procedures
  • Governance structure
  • Service history with targeted consumers and communities

For more information, call 202-529-4675 or visit the BACW website.