The Cultural Awareness Tool (CAT): An assessment tool to assist practitioners in assessing and planning treatment for clients from CALD background
Wright, B., Seah, E., Tilbury, F., Rooney, R. and Jayasuriya, P. (2003) The Cultural Awareness Tool (CAT): An assessment tool to assist practitioners in assessing and planning treatment for clients from CALD background. In: 38th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 2-5 October 2003, Sheraton Hotel, Perth, Western Australia.
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The CAT was developed to facilitate the assessment of CALD clientele in the mental health clinical context. Its development involved an evaluation of the resource available to guide clinicians in their work with CALD clientele and of the extent to which a specific assessment tool would be considered valuable. In addition to the literature review, an extensive consultation process with a wide range of clinicians from various disciplines was undertaken to ascertain this information. The final version of the tool, specifically developed for the mental health context, comprises a booklet with guidelines about understanding the CALD patient’s worldview of their illness and the cultural influences that a practitioner might inadvertently bring to the client-practitioner interaction. The booklet is accompanied by a palm-sized card containing a set of questions designed to tap into the patient’s explanatory model of their illness. Since its launch and release, ongoing feedback from clinicians about this Tool has been positive due to its brevity and simple language. Arising from a national review, the Tool has been improved with reprints planned for mid 2003.
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