The goal of this mini-skills presentation to increase practitioners’ skills in culturally responsive interviewing practices. School psychologists are both expected and ethically responsible to competently assess and serve diverse student and family populations, regardless of potential language or cultural barriers. This session is focused in describing background and rationale for culturally responsive interviewing practices as they pertain to the roles and responsibilities of school psychologists. Building on the guidelines and principles of the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), developed by the American Psychiatric Association, the presenter will describe the potential applicability of this interviewing format for use with culturally and linguistically diverse students and families. Practical implications for use of culturally responsive interviewing strategies and culturally competent communication skills are discussed.

Strand: F, Topic: 2, Level: II

Dr. Michael Hass, professor, Chapman University.