Developing Cultural Competence

Training

 

INTERACTIVE

Involving participants in the learning process by using strategies like built-in quizzes, interspersed tasks, teamwork interludes etc.

EXPERIENTIAL

Participants themselves create and share experiences that illustrate key concepts, principles, or core messages.

MULTIDIMENSIONAL

The content and design of the training includes a combination of awareness, knowledge, skills, attitudes.

Consultancy

 

“EXPERT ROLE”

Our consultants provides expert knowledge or skills that the organization does not have in-house

“COLLABORATIVE ROLE”

We work in partnership with organization, contributing process knowledge but leaving the decision to the client.

“A PAIR OF HANDS”

We can do tasks that a client organization knows how to do itself, but doesn’t have the staff to accomplish.

Speakers for Events

 

EDUCATIONAL

The presentations include new information and knowledge elements relevant to the topic.

ENLIGHTENING

The insights and explanations very often change the perception and shift the focus towards a deeper understanding.

ENTERTAINING

The humour helps to soften challenging issues, clarify confusions end makes the learning more enjoyable.

“I found that having the space to discuss some of our specific difficulties when working with immigrant groups was very helpful, to listen to others and help each other gain understanding and find solutions and agreed on ways to change our methodologies or approaches.

A good deal of openness, self awareness and understanding is required to truly be willing to communicate and work in an effective way with people outside my own culture…

What we needed was very specific discussion and exploration of issues regarding various cultural communication including tips and pointers that may help us in our day to day work and we got down to this more in our second follow up session.”

Joy Cantwell
YMCA, Cork

CultureWise Blog

Onion & Iceberg models of the Culture

The Onion Model
The image of an onion is often used to describe the different layers of culture. Culture can be broken down into layers: The outer layers are composed of the artefacts and products as well as patterns of behaviour. The next layer encompasses the beliefs, norms and attitudes of that culture. The middle of the onion represents the underlying cultural assumptions and values. As the most hidden layer, these aspects of culture are much harder to recognise and understand, but all of the other layers are built upon the centre of the culture onion. Therefore, careful analysis and a better understanding of the different layers as well as how they interact and influence each other is necessary. Intercultural training can help to understand the different layers of culture and their significance.