Who is eligible for services, role in prevention, education on mental health, wellness, the diverse populations, intervention, consultation, advocacy, and the diverse populations it serves. This paper will identify and discuss a public policy, how well the organization manifests cultural competence and if this organization be placed on the continuum of cultural competence.
This writer will explore her role in advocating for and enhancing the cultural proficiency of the organization if she was to be hired. Finally, two changes with respect to the cultural competence would she want to see as a counselor at this organization. Choice’s Group Inc. Is a substance use treatment facility that works with those who have a criminal record. They provide Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Impulse Control Groups, Relapse Groups, Grief and Loss Groups, and Co-occurring Groups.
The population that they serve are those who are in the court system such as Felony Drug Court, DUD court, Child Protective Services (CAPS) court, Federal Parole clients, Veterans Court, Child Support rout, and Juvenile Drug court (Neo, 2014). Those who are eligible for services are those who are involved in the court system, however they do provide services to those who are self-pay clients who need treatment because they have criminal convictions. Those who are not involved in the court system is referred out to other agencies (Neo, 2014).
This organization does not provide services do provide services to immigrants, however clients are required to be legal. They do not provide services to those who have insurance, this organization is strictly funded by the courts, however will begin accepting Medicaid clients. Choices Group is working toward those who have private insurance, they are in the middle of this transition. Choices Group is accessible to the public transportation, they even provide bus passes to their clients (Neo, 2014). Choice’s clients are assessed for mental health after they have completed a screening for emotional problems.
If the client has answered yes to any of the questions on the screening, they are then seen through mental health to further the assessment. If mental health services are needed Choice’s will provide the proper services to help the clients cope with their mental health concerns. Choice’s do not have psychiatrist, if the clients are needing medications, then Choice’s will refer the client out to another agency to get the help they need (Neo, 2014). The role in education on mental health and wellness is with the clients at Choice’s.
The form of education they provide is accessible, comprehensive, and integrated services for children, adolescents, and adults thus assisting clients in achieving social integration by serving as an alternative to institutional care, and by providing clients with opportune ties to live in family and community settings (Neo, 2014). The role with respect to intervention at Choice’s is Cognitive behavioral therapy which helps improve client’s moods and behavior by changing their way thinking; also, how they interpret events and talk to themselves.
This form of psychotherapy helps guide people into thinking more realistically and teaches them coping strategies to deal with their depression. Cognitive therapy is in most cases a short-term treatment that can have long-term results. Cognitive behavioral therapy uses the BBC model. A stands for action or activating event, 8 represents beliefs or thoughts that are created from the activating event, and C represents consequences or how we react to the event (Sue & Sue 2013). The services that Choice’s provide are to the clients only and the staff is culturally diverse at Choice’s.
The staff need to partake in training to become culturally diverse. In order for them to keep their license they need to attend continuing education units that specifically address diversity within the substance use disorder population. There are several strategies that is used to address multicultural issues to advocate for the diverse population. Working with the community to increase knowledge of the critical factor of literature issues, this will gain support and trust within the community. Training toward cultural competency will provide a safe environment when providing services to the multicultural population.
Understanding the policies of the organization will enhance quality assurance so advocacy can be established within the treatment process (Leister, & Change 2006). Choice’s main goal in working with clients who suffer from addiction disorder is to determine what is best in order to obtain abstinence from addiction. As a counselor, advocating for their client will be required to other agencies such s child and family services, courts, rehabilitation services, and/or families. The counselor will provide education to providers and/or family toward the client’s needs and may be the voice of the client.
Advocating for a client means that the counselor will provide services that will help them reach their treatment goals. These services may include showing up to court for support, go to family team meetings at child and family services, or be a mediator between the family and client in family therapy sessions. Addiction counseling is not only about advocating, consultation is required in order for the client to each long term recovery (Salary, 2001). Public policy at Choice’s that is relevant is those who are suffering from domestic violence.
The law influences treatment to those who are victims of domestic violence, therefore those who are in treatment for domestic violence have a safe place to go. If a client is active in domestic violence Choice’s has no way of enforcing the client to leave their perpetrator. All Choices can do is work with the client to provide services that may help leave the situation. Choices can provide resources for the client to go, it is up to the client to leave the situation (Neo, 2014). Choices manifest cultural Competence by valuing diversity and respecting individual differences regardless of one’s own race, beliefs, and cultural background.
Staff at Choice’s recognize, respect and integrate patients’ beliefs and practices into planning patient care. Each counselor shares the responsibility of providing culturally competent care. It is essential for the counselors to understand their own behavior, communication skills, and their sensitivity about cultural competence. Choices is cultural proficiency which they are held in high esteem and used as a foundation to guide all endeavors (Neo, 2014). The role this writer sees herself in advocating and enhancing for her client is adapting to different cultural beliefs and practices requires flexibility and a respect for others viewpoints.
The client will be able to explore their choices and opinions, while achieving a sense of independence. As far as change goes for Choices, this writer believe s that Choices is very well educated toward cultural competence.