Call for Narratives: Cultural Humility in Practice



A Multidisciplinary Peer-Reviewed Online Journal
Published by Cleveland State University School of Social Work

Call for Narratives: Cultural Humility in Practice

Submissions due: February 15, 2019


Professionals engaged in practice must become increasingly self-aware understanding both how their own unique individual experiences influence their worldviews and values and how the unique individual experiences of their clients influence each client's worldviews and values. Further, various ethnic and racial groups may have a diversity of beliefs, social structures, interactional patterns, and expectations. In addition, each individual client has various intersecting dimensions of diversity that include socioeconomic class, sexuality, gender identification, and dis/ability.

Because of these factors, practitioners need to cultivate the skills of practicing with cultural humility. Those who practice with cultural humility use four intersecting elements of ongoing self-reflection, self-critique, lifelong learning, and a commitment to advocacy and institutional change to guide their work with clients (Hook, Davis, Owen, Worthington, & Utsey, 2013; Ratts, Singh, Nassar-McMillan, Butler, & McCullough, 2015).

Cultural humility is not the same as cultural competence. Unlike cultural competence which focuses largely on knowledge and training within academic settings to achieve a specific goal, cultural humility fosters a collaborative and non-hierarchical relationship between practitioner and client that takes the practitioner out of the role as an expert on another's culture. Cultural humility affords the practitioner to become curious about their client's experiences and seeks to address issues of power, social injustice, discrimination, and bias at all system levels (Foronda, Baptiste, Reinholdt, Ousman, 2016; Hook, Davis, Owen, Worthington & Utsey, 2013; Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998).

Aim and Scope of Special Section

This Special Section of Reflections seeks contributors who use the principles of cultural humility in their work, what it means to be a culturally humble practitioner, the challenges and triumphs of following this framework, training or mentorship in cultural humility, practice applications, and the fundamentals of cultural humility. The Guest Editors are Beth Russell, PhD, LCSW, Pam Viggiani, PhD, LMSW, and Debra Fromm Faria, LCSW from the College at Brockport's Department of Social Work. The editors are particularly interested in why individuals chose cultural humility as their preferred framework and how they used it in practice with specific attention to knowledge, values, and skills. Submissions of any length- from short narratives focused on a single vignette to longer stories with multiple portrayals of interaction and references to the literature- are welcome (within an overall range of 1200-8000 words).

This Special Section Focuses on Narratives From.....

academics, practitioners in agencies, clinicians, and graduate students from health, behavioral, and mental health fields including social work, nursing, marriage and family therapists, counselors, psychologists, and other related disciplines.

For inquiries about submissions for this special section, contact Guest Editors:

Beth Russell, PhD, MSW, College at Brockport, (preferred contact)
Pam Viggiani, PhD, MSW, College at Brockport,
Debra Fromm Faria, CSW, College at Brockport,

To Submit a Manuscript, Register as an author, login and submit to the special section on Cultural Humility in Practice. For further instructions see About, Submissions.


Foronda, C., Baptiste, D. L., Reinhold, M. M., Ousman, K. (2016). Cultural humility: A concept
analysis. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(3), 210-217. DOI: 10.1177/1043659615592677.

Hook, J. N, Davis, D. E., Owen, J. Worthington, E. L. & Utsey, S. O. (2013). Cultural humility: Measuring openness to culturally diverse clients. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60 (3), 355 - 366. DOI:10.1037/a0032595.

Ratts, M. J., Singh, A. A., Nassar-McMillan, S., Butler, S. K., & McCullough, J. R. (2015). Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies. Washington, DC: American Counseling Association.

Tervalon, M. & Murray-Garcia, J. (1998). Cultural humility versus cultural competence: A critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education. Journal of
Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 9(2), 117-125.