Storytelling for Cultural Competence

Developing cultural competence is an evolving, dynamic process that takes time and occurs along a continuum.” – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

With this view of cultural competence in mind, we created “Storytelling for Cultural Competence.” We hope it will be a critical step for you, but it is still just one step to deepen your experience and support your journey over time. These resources were originally created for the 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference, which features recorded presentations on cultural competence from Maggie Beneke, Barbara Kornblau, Jenifer McGuire, and Anne Phibbs.

Personal Storytelling Journal

This guided journaling experience encourages self-knowledge (an important part of cultural competence), cultivates empathy and connection, and provides a space to practice the vulnerability and authenticity required for cultural conversation. It was designed to be completed over 4 weeks, but you can start anywhere in the journal at any time. The journal includes prompts for daily journaling and weekly reflection, as well as weekly “Story Tips” to help develop your storytelling skills.

Download the Journal – 8.5″ x 11″ format

Download the Journal – booklet format
(formatted to print as a 2-sided, 5.5″ x 8.5″ booklet)

Advocacy Action Plan

The goal of the Advocacy Action Plan is to help you continue your cultural competence journey at your own pace, and to support that journey as needed with validation, co-learning, accountability and peer support. Download the plan to work through creating their own cultural competencies, making a plan for working toward those competencies, and reflect on cultural competency as an ever-changing journey.

Download the Advocacy Action Plan – 8.5″ x 11″

Download the Advocacy Action Plan – booklet format
(formatted to print as a 2-sided, 5.5″ x 8.5″ booklet)