QUALIFIED CULTURAL NAVIGATOR IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Qualified cultural navigators are individuals who are trained to provide support, information and guidance to new immigrants. Not only do they have the lived experience of having been immigrants/refugees themselves or having worked very closely with refugees for a long period of time, but they have specific knowledge regarding issues of stress, trauma, the psychological impact of immigration and acculturation, and how to support individuals in crisis.
DBHDS provides a qualification process for Qualified Cultural Navigators as a way to recognize this unique set of skills that are not always reflected in school transcripts or resumes. Under this qualification pathway, participants complete a series of workshops and trainings designed to provide them with competencies needed to be competitive in entry level positions in behavioral healthcare. The required programs are designed to connect them with nationally recognized interventions and best practices, which combined with their bicultural and bilingual skills, provide an excellent candidate pool for a diverse and culturally competent entry-level workforce.
Cultural Navigators help culturally diverse communities to
- Promote access to needed services and knowledge of behavioral health
- Navigate healthcare systems
- Increase opportunities for leadership and capacity building
- Facilitate communication between providers and consumers
- Seek volunteer and professional opportunities
Cultural Navigators also help service providers to better
- Understand the unique needs of the refugee/immigrant communities
- Provide culturally and linguistically competent and responsive services
- Facilitate partnerships for a healthy community
Professional development opportunity for active refugee/immigrant community members and leaders
Potential professional roles include, but are not limited to:
Community health workers, Qualified/Designated interpreters (at clinics, CSBs, and/or social services), Medical Liaison, Caseworkers at DSS and Resettlement agencies, Cultural Navigator within an organization providing services to immigrants/refugees
To qualify to be considered as Qualified Cultural Navigator in Behavioral Health, please read the application found here
in its entirety. Once you have collected all the necessary material you may apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DBHDSQCN-BH
Email all required certificates, qualifications, and other information to email@example.com
. Please allow two months for your application to be processed and for you to receive your certificate.
Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Include your full name, phone number, and email address in your correspondence.