Developing Cultural Competence

What are the Benefits of Intercultural Training?

Today’s world is characterised by economic and social globalisation, ever-improving information and transportation systems, changes in political systems and population density, as well as multicultural communities and workplaces. The number of intercultural interactions steadily grows in frequency and intensity. Contemporary societies are marked by higher social mobility which above all includes mobility of ideas, languages and cultures. The increased contacts between cultures brought about the necessity to facilitate intercultural encounters which are loaded with potential difficulties rooted in cultural differences of the involved parties.

Identity Issues of Immigrant Youth

Mental Health of young immigrants through the analysis of the short movie Skin Deep

Skin Deep is the title of a short movie presented for the “Equilibrium, self harmony” an organization that promotes awareness of self injury (SI), by educating; offering help to people that harm themselves. Skin deep shows the story of a Pakistani boy living in Britain, who has been psychologically affected for being bullied when he was a child. Self-harming, cutting his hair until bleeding, or treating himself with disrespect for his Pakistani origins are only his ways of releasing his frustration and his anger.

“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.”