Case conceptualisation equates to a roadmap that allows clinicians to work with intentionality and forethought. This can be a difficult process for novice clinicians, who feel more comfortable relying on techniques. Case conceptualization is the precursor to implementing treatment strategies. Thus, case conceptualization, accurately applied, infuses culture throughout the therapeutic process. Clinical supervision plays a critical role in developing case conceptualization skills, hence, very instrumental for cultural competence. Supervision promotes professional growth, focusing not only on skill development but also on professional thought processes.
Supervision, with the explicit goals of developing cultural competence, encourages openness and greater exploration of cultural dynamics within the supervisory and therapeutic relationships. Hence, the supervision environment offers trainees space to think about culture and its implications and conceptualise a therapeutic path with a higher chance of being culturally congruent with clients’ lives. This presentation reviews: a) the current literature on cultural competence, b) the role of supervision as a key element of education in developing cultural competence, and c) the best practices for providing supervision.