A culturally responsive professional uses tools and resources to enhance their cultural competence (knowledge), develop their cultural humility to strengthen client relationships, and create interactions that value and honor the individual culture of the client, patient, or student, while working together to reach the individual’s goals. Culturally responsive practice is a lifelong pursuit and requires constant learning, self-reflection, and action.
This micro course examines a scenario involving a speech-language pathology graduate student and a transgender female seeking voice therapy services. The scenario highlights the difference between conscience protection, which protects an individual from performing or participating in specific medical services that interfere with a particular religious belief or practice, and discrimination that is based on another’s perceived set of beliefs. The presenter shares the scenario, provides context, and then walks you through a guided reflection to help you explore questions related to cultural responsiveness, like, “How can I create a practice of self-reflection to enhance my interactions?” and “What are resources I can turn to when I want to develop my competence?”
This course is the fourth in a series of four micro courses meant to be taken together, which explore the ways in which culture plays a critical role in every part of our work and how our own individual cultures can, and do, influence our clinical practice.
The scenario in this course comes from the book Exploring Cultural Responsiveness: Guided Scenarios for Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Professionals.
You will be able to:
- Explain how cultural competence, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness work together
- Create a complete narrative for a personal scenario
of guided reflection framework
“Cultural Responsiveness and Conscience Protection: Personal Beliefs,
Discrimination, and Conscience Protection in the Clinical Setting”
and personal reflection
DEI Professional Development Requirement
This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.
Fleming Hamilton, MS, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers), is a bilingual
(Spanish-English) speech-language pathologist who works with the Minneapolis
Public Schools. She specializes in bilingual assessment in early childhood
populations, bilingual clinical education and supervision, and multicultural
assessment and intervention. She was the 2019 president of the Minnesota
Speech-Language-Hearing Association, served on the ASHA Speech-Language
Pathology Advisory Council and the ASHA Multicultural Issues Board, and
currently serves on the ASHA Board of Ethics.
compensation from ASHA for this presentation
speech-language pathologist (Spanish/English), Minneapolis Public
of Exploring Cultural Responsiveness: Guided Scenarios for
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Professionals
a member of the ASHA Multicultural Issues Board
of the ASHA Board of Ethics
about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your
continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by
March 1, 2028.
History and CE Information
origination date: January 24, 2022
End date: March 1,
This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Related area).