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Community Ment Health J. 2008 Aug;44(4):303-9. doi: 10.1007/s10597-008-9131-1. Epub 2008 Apr 23.

Clinicians' self-assessment of cultural and spiritual competency: working with Asians and Asian Americans.

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  • 1Department of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA.


This study examines clinicians' own assessment of their cultural and spiritual competency in working with Asians and Asian Americans. Thirty clinicians, who are Asian Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialists in the Northwest region of the United States, were surveyed to assess their perceived levels of cultural and spiritual competency. The study found that clinicians perceived themselves as being less spiritually competent than culturally competent and that most clinicians acknowledged the need for more training in spirituality.

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