Developed by: Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, M.D., Ayesha Mian, M.D., Andres Pumariega, M.D., Gabrielle Cerda, M.D., and Debbie R. Carter, M.D. with review by the Committee on Diversity and Culture
Approved by Committee on Training and Education: June 2011

The curriculum is designed as a model for faculty and clinicians working to develop a cultural competency curriculum for their pediatric psychiatry fellowship program. It is a comprehensive curriculum divided into three distinct goals and further into specific objectives. As the time allotment for the teaching of the curriculum will vary for different departments, examples are provided for a 6, 8 and 10 hour curriculum to accommodate for the variance. A comprehensive table describes distinct methods that are most high yield to attain a certain objective; each is followed by examples of resources available. A bibliography towards the end gives an exhaustive list of references that can potentially be utilized for the creators or teachers of the curriculum.

We have created 3 model curricula and each includes 3 basic goals (see table below). Each curriculum is designed as a basis from which the training faculty can begin. There is an introductory set of slides to help the training director/faculty decide how to proceed. Each module has pre-work and in-class work, and is designed for 60-90 minutes. Each module recognizes that learners in the class may have differing levels of expertise, so there is built-in work for each learner to accomplish: beginning, intermediate, and advanced work progresses through each curriculum.

Curriculum Sessions

Goal 1

Goal 2

Goal 3

modules

1

2

3

1

2

3

1

2

3

4

6 session

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

8 session

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

10 session

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

The Curriculum
Curriculum Overview
This document provides information on the need for the curriculum and details of each goal and their relation to core competencies.

Introduction Slides
The introductory slides serve to assist the faculty member developing the curriculum to have an overview of basic concepts for the topic at large. Many of these slides are useful for learners as well.

Goal 1 Modules
Goal 1 covers basic concepts of cultural competence. The learner will understand the concept of cultural competence and its application in the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Goal 2 Modules
Goal 2 covers normal development. The learner will gain an understanding of normal development compared to pathology within the concept of cultural identity.

Goal 3 Modules
Goal 3 covers systems of care. The learner will understand the cultural competence model of service delivery and systems based care, including the development of skills and the necessary attitudes and perspective to work in or consult to a system that provides care for children from culturally diverse populations and their families.

Supporting Materials
These documents are reference materials and cases that can be used as the teacher desires.

  1. Cases: Alim, Carla, Juan, Mark John, Tam
  2. Short list of movies that include culture
  3. Core Articles
  4. Cultural Issues in Pediatric Mental Health - October 2010 issue of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics is available free of charge to all AACAP members. You can access JAACAP and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics through the members only page.

This curriculum is a living document. If you have any suggestions, changes, additions you think would improve the training, please forward your comments to Jennifer Medicus at jmedicus@aacap.org.