reflective journal on cultural competence
Submission method options: Interact2 Journal
In this task you will be creating a reflective journal on cultural competence.
After completing the learning activities in Topic 1 of this subject, you are to write a 500-word journal entry which reflects on your current understandings of yourself in relation to: your future profession; Indigenous Australian people’s relationships with the criminal justice system; and strategies that build culturally safe relationships.
Use the content from Topic 1 and the following resources to support your reflection. These resources will assist you to engage critically with this task:
1. Ranzjin, Rob, Keith R McConnochie and Wendy Nolan, Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Foundations of Cultural Competence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) ‘ Introduction to cultural competence ‘
2. Murphy, Catherine, ‘ Australia entering ‘second convict age’ as imprisonment rates soar ’, The Guardian (online), 30 August 2019).
Singer, Judy, et al, ‘ “ You didn’t just consult community, you involved us”: transformation of a ‘top-down’ Aboriginal mental health project into a ‘bottom-up’ community-driven process ‘ (2015) 23 (6) Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 614-619Consider the following questions to frame your journal entry but provide a synthesised response, written in a formal and respectful manner:
1. How would you describe your cultural competence after reading ‘Introduction to cultural competence’?
2. Using the media article as a starting point, what is your understanding of Indigenous Australian people’s relationship with the criminal justice system?
3. Work with the Singer et al (2015) article to discuss strategies that provide positive outcomes when working effectively in Indigenous contexts.
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
· be able to reflect critically on social, cultural, and institutional impact on their profession, including assumptions stemming from the history of legislation and interactions with Indigenous Australian peoples and communities.
· be able to demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous community protocols and the major issues and strategies relevant to working effectively in Indigenous contexts.
This task allows students to demonstrate their understanding of cultural competency and Indigenous Australian people’s relationship with the criminal justice system. This will build an understanding of how to work effectively with Indigenous Australian peoples within their professional practice.
Assessment 1 is a short diagnostic task that allows students to practice working with credible sources and writing in a formal and respectful manner. Constructive feedback will be provided that students can use in subsequent assessments
MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
|Reflection on the self as an individual and professional
|An integrated response which critically examines the social, cultural and historical factors which shape relationships. Includes critique of the way in which the media and other institutions reinforce particular ideas or stereotypes. Critical examination on how social, historical and institutional factors influence personal cultural competency and professional practice/dimensions.||Influences on understandings are examined and include a discussion of social, cultural and historical factors which shape relationships. Includes focussed discussion of the way in which the media and other institutions reinforce particular ideas or stereotypes. Examination of how social, historical and institutional factors influence personal cultural competency and professional practice/dimensions.||Influences on understandings are identified and include a consideration of social, cultural and historical factors which shape relationships. Includes consideration of the way in which the media and other institutions reinforce particular ideas or stereotypes. Discussion on how social, historical and institutional factors influence personal cultural competency and professional practice/dimensions.||Journal entry reflects on personal and professional dimensions of cultural competency using the required reading ‘An Introduction to Cultural Competence’. Reflection includes an outline of understandings of Indigenous people’s relationship with the criminal justice system. Reflection considers where knowledge and understanding has come from.
Identifies limitations in knowledge related professional practice/dimensions.
|No reflection, or limited reflection on personal and / or professional dimensions of cultural competency. The required reading ‘An Introduction to Cultural Competence’ is not used or referenced. Reflection does not include an outline of understandings of Indigenous people’s relationship with the criminal justice system.|
|Writing shows control and skilful construction of expression to convey specific understandings. Seamlessly integrates citations and references into the writing.
All language and terminology is appropriate and informed.
Expert use of APA7 or AGLC4 referencing system.
|Written expression and referencing show clear organisation. Uses a variety of techniques to incorporate source material and citations.
Language and terminology takes into account diversity of individuals and communities.
|There are no errors relating to writing and terminology. There are no imprecise or unsupported statements or generalisations. Accurate use of APA7 or AGLC 4 referencing system.||Within the required word count. Uses formal written expression. Uses full sentences consistently. Paragraphs identify and explore one idea. Paragraphs are linked using effective methods. Content is mostly accurate and supported. The required reading is cited and referenced. Attempts to use APA7 or AGLC4 referencing system. There may be minor formatting errors that do not affect the transparency and traceability of sources. Developing skills in using appropriate terminology.||There are serious errors. Informal or inappropriate written expression is evident. Paragraphs are unfocused, too long or too short. Content is not supported. The required reading is not used and / or not referenced. APA7 or AGLC4 referencing system is not attempted. Referencing style is inconsistent showing a lack of understanding of its purpose. No evidence of consideration of appropriate terminology.|
· In your journal entry, you must make reference to the cultural competence matrix in the above reading and reference it using AGLC4 (Law students) referencing system.
Formal and respectful language requirements
· This assessment task must be in professional and formal language.
· Care must be taken to avoid spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.