Intercultural Supervision: Navigating Cultural Difference in the Supervisory Relationship

The concept of culture is both universally applicable and simultaneously elusive to define. To be effective in our practice, we need to better frame and navigate cultural similarities and differences: intercultural competence. Research indicates that most people, regardless of identity (race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.) tend to focus primarily on cultural similarities and aren’t as effective at engaging and leveraging deeper aspects of difference. In this workshop, we will deepen and complicate our understanding of how we navigate cultural similarities and differences through theory and applicable content. These foundational cultural concepts are applicable not just to the supervisory relationship, but also to clinical, team, and organizational dynamics. 

In this course, participants will have the unique opportunity to take the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI), a theoretically grounded, cross-culturally valid, and reliable tool for assessing intercultural competence. The workshop content is dependent on completion of the IDI assessment as aggregate group results will be presented and interpreted in the workshop.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify mental health, identity, and cultural concepts relevant to behavioral health practice and supervision
  • Develop an understanding of intercultural competence: the capability to work effectively across cultural difference
  • Distinguish between the five developmental orientations to engaging cultural differences as outlined by the Intercultural Development Continuum® (IDC)

 

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify mental health, identity, and cultural concepts relevant to behavioral health practice and supervision
  • Develop an understanding of intercultural competence: the capability to work effectively across cultural difference
  • Distinguish between the five developmental orientations to engaging cultural differences as outlined by the Intercultural Development Continuum® (IDC)

 

About the Presenter

Omkar Sawardekar, MSW, LICSW

Omkar Sawardekar (he/him), MSW, LICSW, is a Therapist, Trainer, Intercultural Coach, and Organizational Consultant. Omkar supports his clients to live into their respective missions more holistically by integrating the lenses of identity, culture, mental health, and trauma. Driven by the tenets that the relational container is the foundation for transformative change and that the most impactful practices grow from interdisciplinary methodologies, Omkar is committed to working collaboratively to promote culturally-responsive approaches. Throughout his work with individuals, groups, and organizations, Omkar is drawn to addressing the most complex cultural and organizational challenges.

This workshop is eligible for the I-RISE grant opportunity for eligible Minnesota residents. Please click here for details and eligibility information.