Curiosity: What Does Culture Have to Do with It?

By: Cynthia Schelmety, Training Manager, CCF, CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute & Cassandra Cooper, MA, LCPC, Senior Policy Analyst, University of Kentucky “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”-Aristotle Culture comes from the Latin word cultura, which basically means to build on, to cultivate, and to foster. Sometimes the term Culture is solely meant to refer to one’s race and ethnicity, but it is important to remember that there are many other elements that contribute to an individual’s culture.  Elements of culture can sometimes be visible in food preferences, clothing style, language,… Read More

Transformative Culture: The Call for Psychological Safety

By: Tiffany Lindsey, EdD, LPC-MHSP Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Have you ever made a mistake at work—maybe even one that could have affected you, your teammate, or a client’s safety? If you’re a human who helps other humans for a living, the answer is a prevailing yes. None of us do the work perfectly. Mistakes aren’t intentional, but it’s hard to get it right every time. Clinicians and human service professionals, in general, are tasked with making high-consequence choices at alarmingly fast rates. So I have another question: Did… Read More

Family Matters

Family Matters: Why finding and engaging extended family and fictive kin is critical to positive outcomes for children in foster care