An increased awareness of barriers facing visible minority populations in Canada has prompted the growth of "cultural competence" research to inform service provision with these groups (Este, 2007; Thomas Bernard & Moriah, 2007). Overwhelmingly, this literature is rooted in the perspectives of practitioners and/or academics who view cultural competence as the process of acquiring knowledge and skills to work with "others." In this paper, we summarize findings from an empirical study aimed at understanding the complex meanings and practices of working across cultures, from service user and practitioner perspectives. We conclude that drawing upon a "cultural responsive" approach to pedagogy (Gay, 2000; Villegas & Lucas, 2002) can enrich the way we work across difference with diverse families.

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Keywords child and youth mental health, cultural responsiveness, race, service provision
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Journal Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Sundar, P. (Purnima), Todd, S, Danseco, E. (Evangeline), Kelly, L.-J. (Laura-Jean), & Cunning, S. (Sandra). (2012). Toward a culturally responsive approach to child and youth mental health practice: Integrating the perspectives of service users and providers. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 31(1), 99–113. doi:10.7870/cjcmh-2012-0008