Breaking the Cultural Barrier - PSY04

Breaking the Cultural Barrier

Effective Treatment Strategies for Asian-American Families

by Kenny Kwong, PhD, MSW
(4.4 / 102 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Providing culturally competent counseling and education, and delivering other social services to the vastly diverse population of Asian Americans calls for a great appreciation of cultural values and beliefs as well as respecting the values of pride and honor of this population. There is tremendous cultural variability and heterogeneity within Asian-American groups. Personal lifestyles, cultural beliefs and practices, and etiquette are just as diverse as language among Asian-American populations. These beliefs influence perceptions of health, illness and modes of healing. It is crucial to understand the patient’s cultural background to assess mental health status and implement a treatment strategy that the patient will accept and maintain for optimal health.


The goal of this continuing education course on understanding cultural barriers is to enhance social workers’ and psychologists’ understanding of and abilities to work with Asian Americans through culturally sensitive assessment and strategies for engaging and treating this population. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe two characteristics of and cultural beliefs about distress among Asian Americans
  • Identify cultural, practical and psychosocial barriers influencing access to mental health treatment among Asian Americans
  • Describe two culturally relevant strategies for engaging and treating Asian-American clients
  • Analyze clinicians’ understanding of their limits of cultural knowledge and assessment skills

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including social workers’ and psychologists’.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Advanced
Target audience: Psychologists

Course Originally Released on: 4/18/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/31/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/31/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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LAURYN N - Wesely Chapel, FL  ·  Feb 21, 2019
It was very helpful in identifying and explaining the various barriers to mental health services with Asian Americans. The information was presented in a user friendly way.
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Jenee J - Redondo Beach, CA  ·  Feb 15, 2019
Provides a good beginning understanding of the Asian cultural effects on treatment. Dovetails with my beginning work with the Japanese (just started).
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ALEXANDRIA L - Sabetha , KS  ·  Feb 11, 2019
It was very informative and had a lot of good information to apply to practice. Would have been more interesting if presented in a different format though.
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Cheryl K - Gold Canyon , AZ  ·  Feb 08, 2019
Very convenient and reasonably priced
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Donna L - Orinda, CA  ·  Feb 06, 2019
Information is too general.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50