Cultural Competence in Recreation Therapy: Working with African-Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Hmong Americans, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Rican Americans


  • Angela Hartman Winston-Salem State University


The significance of this publication is not only in the information provided but also in the questions raised and the challenges proposed. Professionals are encouraged throughout the book to evaluate themselves, their training programs, the assessment methods they use, their interactions with their clients, and the services they provide. We are challenged to look inward at our own beliefs, biases, and competencies. We also are encouraged to look carefully toward the populations with whom we interact to identify their values, interests, and motivations. Case study samples are used to illustrate various concepts. Many of these “real-life” situations contained information that I had not previously known, thus highlighting my own need to continue the journey toward true cultural competency. 





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