Lecture and Discussion- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more relevant to their concerns by asking questions.
Focus is on helping participants learn the role of culture in society and the reasons for the development of different cultural values, patterns, and behavior in response to societies demands. Participants will learn how cultural diversity is appropriate and logical in response to needs, i.e. that individuals never "just" are different. Participants will learn how diversity relates to the perceived mainstream culture. The roles that pre-prejudice, prejudice, bigotry, and racism play psychodynamicly as well as developmentally will help participants become aware of their own attitudes with regard to diversity. Issues for people of color and for white individuals will be discussed. Using the participants' greater insight and awareness, pragmatic applications for healthy and respectful cross-cultural interaction will be introduced.
SUMMARY OF CONTENT:
1) IDENTIFICATION of the areas where cultural differences may lead to problematic interaction. Information about similarities and differences between identified cultures will be introduced and used to identify these key areas.
2) UNDERLYING ISSUES: societal, economic, political
3) UNFAMILIAR CULTURAL EXPRESSION: the how-to's when you don't know what to do!
4) PREJUDICE: Acknowledging and identifying ones own tendencies
5) A BRIEF HISTORY of civil rights to diversity training;
distinguishing personality and temperament from cultural issues in relationships;
verbal and non-verbal communication;
ineffective and dysfunctional communication stances; including examples of inadvertent culturally dysfunctional communication.
6) DISTINCT ISSUES FOR WHITE PARTICIPANTS
7) DISTINCT ISSUES FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR
8) EXPERIENTIAL TRAINING & SELF-AWARENESS TRAINING