MultiCultural Survival - RonaldMah

Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
Consultant/Trainer/Author
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Multicultural Survival Training
Differing Cultural Values Affecting the School Community


FORMAT:
Lecture and Experiential- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more relevant to their concerns by actively participating in experiential training.

DESCRIPTION:
When one is aware of the cultural similarities and differences between oneself and another person, family, or community and makes an appropriate assessment of the situation, then cultural sensitive and appropriate behavior and communication follows (depending on the personal skills of the individual).  Therefore, whenever possible, culturally sensitive and committed professionals need to research and integrate knowledge about such other persons and their communities.  Although, such professionals may be committed to this end, time and energy and adequate resources may not always be available for efficient investment to happen.  In addition, there may arise a need for relationships and interactions with individuals or families from heretofore unexperienced cultural communities or with individuals or family "non-normative" within a familiar cultural community.

This training attempts to deal with these inherent issues in multicultural and diversity training.  The training is primarily conceptual and therefore, is applicable for examining any of a number of diverse cultures.  In a particular workshop, the focus groups can be (for example)
ASIAN, ASIAN-AMERICAN, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, & MAINSTREAM
individuals, community, society and culture as it relates to education.

1) PROBLEMS WITH STRICTLY EDUCATIONAL APPROACHES
Relationship with other specific Non-Target Cultures
Reductionist and Stereotypical Dangers
Lack of Specificity

2) TOURIST ORIENTATIONS TO CULTURAL AWARENESS
Cultural Deprivation Perspectives

3) UNIVERSALITIES & DIVERSE EXPRESSION
A Communication and Relational Process
Respect, Identification, & Response
Normative Age-Graded Influences
Normative History Graded Influences
Non-Normative Life Events

4) COMFORTABLE (ENOUGH) DISCOMFORT
Integrity or Education-Awareness or Commitment?
Interferences to making Education-Awareness work.
Safety Issues- "Not an encounter group...not a Mau Mau!"

5) DEFINING CULTURE - DEFINING SOCIETY
Do Our Values Define Our Society? or Does Our Society Define Our Values?
Primary, Secondary, & Peripheral Purposes of Culture
Asian, Asian-American, Mainstream American Cultures/Societies
PreAdolescent & Adolescent Cultures/Societies
Community & School Culture/Society

6) TEMPERAMENTAL DIFFERENCES
Distinguishing Personal & Cultural Differences
Communication Theory

7) PSYCHODYNAMIC ISSUES IN PREJUDICE AND RACISM
Piaget and Prejudice
Pre-Prejudice, Prejudice, Bigotry, & Racism
Systemic Family Theory- Family of Origin
Personal Identity & Reference Group Identification Differences

8) HOW WE PROCESS DIFFERENCES
The Semantic Progression: Civil Rights (Integration) to Ethnic Awareness (Nationalism) to Multiculturality to Diversity to Anti-Bias to ?
Distinctions between Tolerance, Sensitivity, Acceptance, and Activism
The Color-Blind Teacher- Hidden Messages When Ignoring or Downplaying Differences: Invisibility, Infantilizing, & Objectifying

9) EXPRESSION AREAS OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
Implicit or Covert Communication: negative messages underlying body language, office arrangement, tone, language
Eye Contact
Superficial Stuff: Food, Music, Clothes
PERSONAL: Neatness, Fighting, Assertiveness, Aggression, Noise
INTERPERSONAL: Gifts, Praise, Confrontation, Shame, Pleasing, Cooperation
SOCIAL/CULTURAL: Individual, Family, Community Relationships; Attitudes towards & Role of Family, Children; Parents, Elders, Teachers, Women, Men, Social Institutions; Time, & Property

ADDRESS:
433 Estudillo Ave., #305
San Leandro, CA 94577-4915
Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT32136
CONTACT INFORMATION:
phone: (510) 614-5641
fax: (510) 889-6553
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