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Cultural humility — whether seen as the foundation of cultural competence or the garden in which cross-cultural relationships grow — is necessary for all behavioral health providers. It is closely entwined with trauma-informed care and therapeutic alliance, as vital keys to unlocking the best possible patient outcomes. Thus, healthcare organizations of all stripes should not merely make cultural humility a type of program or component of their training, but infuse it into every aspect of their operations. A desire to learn and an attitude of respect toward all the many intersecting cultures will enhance care and benefit both clinician and client, particularly those in underserved or marginalized communities. Our white paper, “Humble Before the Culture: The Power of Immersive, Ongoing Multicultural Learning for Behavioral Health Professionals,” serves as an introduction to cultural humility and a resource guide for clinical training and supervision. In it, we define cultural humility and highlight its importance in building therapeutic relationships. Then, we offer resources for cultural competency training and further exploration of innovative clinical frameworks and models. Read this white paper at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers/cultural-humility. You also can view and download all our white papers at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers. The Institute of Family & Community Impact is a initiative of OhioGuidestone, one of Ohio’s largest behavioral health agencies. From research to products to clinical innovations, we provide tools for mental health treatment. For questions or more info, email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.
Substance use disorder and mental health treatment via telehealth has abruptly become a necessary means of health care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, substance use disorder is on the rise, likely due in part by the social isolation and added stress of the pandemic. Thus, in order to respond adequately to the need for substance use disorder treatment, telehealth options are a must for clients. While the technological ability for providers to reach clients remotely can potentially make an extreme impact moving forward, clients need reliable and consistent access to the internet for telehealth to work effectively. Our latest white paper, “An Evolution of Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment: The Post-Pandemic Need for Technological Change,” is a call for policymakers and advocates to push for improved broadband infrastructure and internet accessibility for all Ohioans. While we need to research and learn more about telehealth-delivered treatment, telehealth has provided an opportunity for many clients, especially those who are most isolated or face disparities in healthcare accessibility, to gain access to treatment they otherwise would not have. Read this white paper at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers/suds-and-telehealth-post-pandemic. You also can view and download all our white papers at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers. The Institute of Family & Community Impact is a initiative of OhioGuidestone, one of Ohio’s largest behavioral health agencies. From research to products to clinical innovations, we provide tools for mental health treatment. For questions or more info, email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.
Behavioral health screenings, such as for adverse childhood experiences, are important data for identifying individuals and communities at risk of long-term ill health effects. However, without a framework that centers the desires and needs of the people who are screened and a trauma-informed lens, we risk pathologizing people and subjecting them to surveillance that can be harmful and intrusive. By carefully using prevention data to empower people to make decisions for themselves and their communities, we can enhance our care and public health through mutuality and collaboration. In a new white paper, “The Danger of Misusing Prevention Data,” we define the goals of prevention, examine how risk factor data may be misused, and look toward a prevention framework that zeroes in on the real systemic harms that true prevention efforts must address. Prevention should be an act that the individual or community perform for themselves, not the beneficent saviorism of clinicians and public health professionals descending from on high. We do not save lives; we care for people. Thus, by understanding this framework, we should not be screening individuals for risk factors to shield them from harm, but rather to notice which social risks they are exposed to and what types of care and support they might benefit from. Without this clarity of the purpose of prevention — i.e., to allow people to make decisions that best serve themselves and their self-interest long-term — preventative measures will fall the way of all forms of healthcare that fail to address systemic discrimination, inequity, and injustice: Doing as much as, if not more, harm than good. Read this white paper at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers/danger-of-misusing-prevention-data. You also can view and download all our white papers at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers. The Institute of Family & Community Impact is a initiative of OhioGuidestone, one of Ohio’s largest behavioral health agencies. From research to products to clinical innovations, we provide tools for mental health treatment. For questions or more info, email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.
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