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  • Writer's pictureMeyleen Velasquez

Cultural humility in mental health: A move away from competence

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

As we come into a space where people are becoming more aware of systemic racism and the need to move to inclusive and anti-racist practices, I would like to share a bit of what I've learned this year in researching anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in mental health. I hope you find this useful in your work and uplifting in continuing to look at our implicit biases, explore power dynamics, reflect on our experiences, and fully support the people we work with, especially Black and Brown clients.


Cultural Humility was developed by Tervalon and Murray-Garcia in 1998. Here is a link to an original article:

Cultural humility video

April Harter, LCSW

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue

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Articles mentioned: Cabacungan, E. T., Ngui, E. M., & McGinley, E. L. (2012). Racial/ethnic disparities in maternal morbidities:

A statewide study of labor and delivery hospitalizations in Wisconsin. Maternal Child Health Journal, 16(7), 1455-1467. doi: 10.1007/s10995-011-0914-6

Fisher-Borne, M., Cain, J., & Martin, S. (2015). From mastery to accountability: Cultural humility as an alternative to cultural competence. Social Work Education, 34(2),165-181. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2014.977244

Hook, J, N., Farrell, J. E., Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Utsey, S. O. (2016). Cultural humility and racial microaggressions in counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63(3), 269-277. doi: 10.1037/cou0000114

Kindle, P., & Delavega, E. (2018). Increasing awareness of white privilege among social work students. Multicultural Education, 26(1), 24-30. Retrieved from

Owens, D. C., & Fett, S. M. (2019). Black maternal and infant health: Historical legacies of slavery. American Journal of Public Health, 109(10), 1342-1345. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305243

**Please note that the information shared in this video is not a substitute for professional training or supervision**

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