Find Your Board CE Requirements & Accreditations:
Return to Course List

Improving Cultural Competence, Part 2 - Core Competencies

Author: SAMHSA
(Click author's name for bio)

Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
4.7 out of 5.0, Based on: 12,411 reviews

Course Summary

This course addresses counselors’ core cultural competencies and presents clinical activities, including clinical supervision tools. The key areas explored include cultural awareness and cultural identity development, the cultural lens of counseling, key components of cultural knowledge for behavioral health counselors, and specific counseling skills that support culturally responsive services.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Core Counselor Competencies
  • Describe the importance of practicing within limits
  • Explain the impact of worldview on counseling

Course Syllabus

  • Core Counselor Competencies
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Cultural awareness
  • Racial, ethnic, and cultural identities
  • Worldview - The cultural lens of counseling
  • Stereotypes, prejudices, and history
  • Practicing within limits
  • Knowledge of Other Cultural Groups
  • Cultural Knowledge of Behavioral Health
  • Skill Development
  • Self-Assessment for Individual Cultural Competence


This organization, CE4Less, provider #1115, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association Of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. Ce4Less maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 8/8/2018-8/8/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board To determine course approval. Social workers participating In this course will receive continuing education clock hours.

We are committed to providing our learners with unbiased information. Ce4Less never accepts commercial support and our authors have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to the material


Most of our courses will satisfy your CEU requirements. However, you can double check by selecting your State and profession at the top of the page.
You can download all the required materials above where it says "Preview the material"
No prerequisites are required for this course.
Yes. Once you read the material and pass your test, you can print your certificate right away from your "My Account" page.
You bet, you can download the course material to your computer. You can then print it off, transfer it to your tablet or whatever works for you. Most folks print of a copy of the test and circle the answers while reading through the material.

How it Works


1. Confirm Your


2. Read the

test time

3. Take the


4. Print Your