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Issues in Treatment of Ethnic Groups: The Hmong

You know by now that forensic treatment settings serve culturally diverse populations. In this course and academic program, the terms diversity and culture are broadly defined to include not only race and ethnicity but also religion, gender, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and age. You need to take all aspects of culture into consideration when you select treatment outcomes and approaches. Because culture is so ingrained, cultural-related issues may not be readily apparent to the treatment provider or the offender. However, culture impacts the treatment process whether recognized or not. In order to treat forensic populations effectively, the treatment provider must be aware of the impact of cultural considerations and bring cultural competencies to the treatment process.

- Review the APA Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations. Consider the importance of applying these guidelines to the treatment of forensic populations. Focus on specific guidelines that relate to treating diverse forensic populations.

- Review the article "The Place of Culture in Forensic Psychiatry" in this week's Learning Resources. Focus on how culture may impact the treatment of forensic populations.

- Review the article "Ethics and Multiculturalism: Advancing Cultural and Clinical Responsiveness" in this week's Learning Resources. Think about the importance of diversity awareness as it relates to ethical standards in forensic treatment settings.

- Identify a culturally diverse forensic population that is of particular interest to you.

- Conduct an academic literature search in the Walden Library and select at least one scholarly article from a peer-reviewed journal that discusses the unique characteristics, considerations, and/or challenges related to working with this population in a forensic setting.

- Consider the unique characteristics of your selected forensic population and reflect on what you should consider when treating members of this population.

- Consider the challenges that you might encounter when working with a client from your selected population and how you would address these challenges.

- Cite the research article and state the specific diversity population that you researched.

- Summarize the research article and explain how the role of culture is addressed in the treatment of the specific forensic population in the study.

- Analyze the role of culture in the treatment of forensic populations, in general. Use specifics from your selected research article to support your analysis.

- Explain the challenges you might encounter when working with a client from this population and state how you would address these challenges.
(Note: Be sure to protect the identity of any persons you may refer to.)

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on 2 articles that discuss cultural competency in some way. As always, I cannot complete your task for you, but I can show you how. I suggest making it simple using this outline:

1. Your population of interest - 100 words
2. Article summary and unique treatment issues - 100 words
3. Addressing the issues plus citations - 150 words
4. Role of culture in general treatment - 150 words
5. Individual application in practice - 100 words

This outline should yield around 600 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Cultural Competency: The Hmongs

The America of today is a diverse society. America has always been known as the melting pot of the world being first and foremost, a country built on the back of Pioneers from both the Old and the New World, a country where the American Dream means that, as long as you work hard, your hopes for a better life can come true. With all these associated romance aside, the hegemony of certain social groups and ethnicities in American society at times often lead to the exclusion or unforeseen discriminatory practices against minority groups whose interests are not represented in the larger estate. In the seizing of power by the Pathet Lao in the 70's and 80's, the civil conflict led to a mass migration of certain Laotian groups, notably the Hmongs, towards refugee camps in Thailand and, through American intervention that granted the displaced a place in the US, to America itself. But the refuge provided by America brought upon these groups of people a crisis in cultural adaption as a good number of the Hmong found integrating difficult, made so by the cultural differences between that of modern America to the practices, traditions and beliefs held dear by the Hmong. Today there are over 260 thousand plus ethnic Hmongs in the US and while a good many thrive, there are those whose deep attachment to their mother culture make living difficult. In the ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advice on the topic of treatment of individuals and groups impacted by cultural issues in relation to differences and diversity. The population focused here are the minority Hmongs. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.