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.

Dr. Grosu brings a level of professional skill and personal approachability to her work which is of a high professional standard. The testimonial I have heard Dr. Grosu and I am pleased to say that she engaged the audience in her presentation of the cultural aspects of medical illness. She used humour and audience participation both to reflect on the issues. Dr. Grosu approach was entirely suited to the audience of medical students drawn from a wide variety of cultures.