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date: 11 December 2017

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This entry defines cultural competence and culturally competent practice and focuses on cultural awareness, knowledge acquisition, skill development, and inductive learning as key components. It traces the historical development of cultural competence in the disciplines of psychology and social work, pointing out how cultural competence has become a professional standard. Cultural competence has also been recognized on the federal and state health and human services levels. Cultural competence is viewed on the practitioner, agency, and community levels as well as the micro, meso, and macro dimensions. Among the implications for practice are the issues of cultural competence and cultural competencies, the ethics of cultural competence, social context, and biculturation and multiculturalization.

Keywords: biculturation, cultural awareness, cultural competence, cultural competencies, cultural identity, culturally competent practice, culture, ethics, inductive learning, knowledge acquisition, multiculturalization, skill development, social and economic justice, social context

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