Improving Cultural Competence in Treatment

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The purpose of this educational course is to address the role of culture in the provision of service for co-occurring substance use treatment. The readings are from SAMHSAs TIP 59: Improving Cultural Competence. The course will cover cultural competence and discusses racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations. This educational independent study course covers legal, ethical and professional development skill of the Eight Counselor and case management skills Groups ascribed by NAADAC and NCC AP.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this education course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of the clinician in understanding culture in treatment;
  2. Identify the main concepts of culture in case management;
  3. and demonstrate the legal, ethical, and professional considerations of culture.




  • Professional Care Providers
  • Program Planners, Administrators, & Project Managers




Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Improving Cultural Competence. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series No. 59. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4849. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.

Exam written by: Tamika Lett, PhD Human Services, NCAC II, CSAC, CCTP, QMHP A/C