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    Identify the steps or levels on the cultural competence continuum. Provide two specific ideas a sports psychology professional can do to move up to a higher cultural level competence.

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    As you read the paragraphs below, reflect back on the table of cultural competency continuum levels to consider how the ideas in the discussion might affect a sports psychology professional in each of the levels. By doing so, you will easily discover more than two specific ideas that a sports psychology professional can apply in order to move up to a higher cultural level competence. All sources that I used are listed after my discussion for your reference.

    According to Cross, Bazron, Dennis, and Isaacs (1992), cultural competency develops in stages along a continuum. The levels are as follows:

    1) Cultural Destructiveness
    - Purposefully destructs culture
    - Dehumanizes or sub-humanizes minority clients
    2) Cultural Incapacity
    - Holds paternal posture toward "lesser" races
    - Believes in the supremacy of the dominant culture
    3) Cultural Blindness
    - Holds philosophy of being unbiased
    - Believes that helping approaches traditionally used by the dominant culture are universally applicable
    - Behaviors reflect a well-intended liberal philosophy
    - Ignores cultural strengths, encourages assimilation, and blames the victim for their problems
    - Views differences from the cultural deprivation model which asserts that problems are the result of inadequate cultural resources
    4) Cultural Precompetence
    - Realizes own weakness in serving minorities and attempts to improve some aspect of service
    - Desires to deliver quality services by asking "What can we do?"
    - Has begun ...

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    The solution discusses gender, race and stereotypes. Specifically it identifies the steps or levels on the cultural competence continuum.