Ethical Service Delivery to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: A Specific Focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations Purpose: Shifting demographics amid a growing population have given rise to a culturally and linguistically diverse client base. Professionals' recognition and understanding of effective service delivery with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse groups is improving. Cultural competence is emerging as a necessary skill set for practitioners to deliver clinically ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2009
Ethical Service Delivery to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: A Specific Focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations
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  • Tedd Masiongale
    DeKalb Medical- Downtown Decatur, Decatur, GA
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Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Transgender / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2009
Ethical Service Delivery to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: A Specific Focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 2009, Vol. 16, 20-30. doi:10.1044/cds16.1.20
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 2009, Vol. 16, 20-30. doi:10.1044/cds16.1.20
Abstract

Purpose: Shifting demographics amid a growing population have given rise to a culturally and linguistically diverse client base. Professionals' recognition and understanding of effective service delivery with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse groups is improving. Cultural competence is emerging as a necessary skill set for practitioners to deliver clinically competent services with diverse communities including the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) population.

Method: Current literature and Internet sources were used to gather demographic information analyze policy documents related to ethical service delivery and explore current trends and recommendations for appropriate service delivery with a specific focus on the GLBT population.

Results and Conclusions: The demographic makeup of the U.S. population is rapidly changing. Professionals, especially those outside urban areas, are only beginning to understand and adapt their clinical practices to adequately serve the GLBT population. Despite some resistance to change and political maneuvering, which could be construed to contradict ethical service delivery, professionals are realizing that ethical service delivery that embraces a recognition of their own culture and that of the individuals they serve results in greater functional outcomes.

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