Cultural Competency for Massage Therapists


About the Course
The need for cultural competency training as an ethical precept has been articulated at many levels: through federal and state legislatures, public health administrations, the medical profession, and other professional health education organizations. This course will discuss how race and culture impact health, identify patterns of disparities, and emphasize the importance of diversity factors that influence effective cross-cultural communication in clinical encounters.

Learning objectives

  • Define the terms cultural competence, race, ethnicity and culture as they apply to health and wellness professions.
  • Describe five ways that race and culture impact health.
  • Identify patterns of health disparities and strategies to address them.
  • Discuss the importance of diversity factors that influence effective cross-cultural communication in clinical encounters.
  • List assessment tools to help therapists identify personal attitudes toward culture and cultural differences, and improve communication between clients, patients and massage therapists.
  • Give three examples of stereotyping and its effect on health.
  • List strategies to uncover and eliminate stereotyping.
  • Describe three models of effective communication for providing culturally competent care.
  • Explain the impact of limited English language (LEP) proficiency on health outcomes.
  • Identify legislative actions to promote equity in language access for LEP patients.
  • Select and discuss four reasons for the under-utilization of interpreters for LEP patients in health care settings.
  • Describe four practical strategies to improve interpretation services to support culturally competent care.
  • List and explain four components of self-evaluation and reflection to enhance culturally competent care.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

©2019: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.