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.

“The Cork County Development Board is charged with the co-ordination of services at the county level. This involves the implementation of key inter-agency economic, social and cultural projects. In that regard, Alvina’s informative and interesting presentation to the multi-agency Board helped to significantly advance the process of integration in Cork County. Members found her focus on Cultural Diversity Awareness extremely useful and recognised the benefits of proceeding with the integration issue on a county-wide level. I have found Alvina’s approach to putting her message across to be engaging, positive, practical and good-humoured.”