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Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse People (CALD)

This interactive workshop will help participants develop cultural competency in their practice. Define culture, differentiate between observations, judgments, and evaluations, and be aware of your own cultural values. Learn the differences between refugee and migrant people’s experiences.



This interactive workshop will explore refugee and migrant experiences, principals of working with interpreters, cultural framework and values. Through this, participants will develop and enhance culturally competent practice.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Define culture and be aware of your own cultural values

  • Differentiate between observations, judgements and evaluations

  • The differences between refugee and migrant people’s experiences

  • Understand how cultural framework impacts on practice

  • The principles of working with interpreters

  • Discover an explanatory model of the components of culture

  • The four elements of cultural competency 

  • Ways in which these elements can be applied to develop cultural competency in practice

Let's Get Real

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Denise Huisman

MSW(App), BAPsych, RSW

Denise currently works with Christchurch Resettlement Services (CRS) with valuable experience working with migrant background people. A registered Social Worker for 13 years with CRS, she has recently taken up the role of their Health Promotion Team Leader. Her focus is on education and programmes which encourage the recovery and maintenance of their client’s wellbeing.


Workshop Type: Intermediate | Workshop Level: Six | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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