I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Intercultural Communication, Competency and Awareness
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:00am 12:00pm

Carolyna Smiley-Marquez, Ph.D. - Multicultural Mediators and Counselors, Smiley & Co, Ltd.

Track: (Training Workshop)

Only when the great whale leaps from the surface of its ocean does it know a world that is not water. Becoming skillful in intercultural communication requires a similar leap, and it is often disconcerting to find oneself hanging between the familiar and the unfamiliar, aware of the other, but weighted to plummet back into our own. This workshop will provide a framework for understanding culture as a congruent system of habits - mental habits, behavioral habits, and conditioned emotional responses. What we believe, how we think and problem solve are so embedded in our unconscious that we cannot help but believe that what we believe is what is the absolute truth. We will explore bridging tools for understanding and working more effectively across cultures through participative lecture, discussions, and activities.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn plain talk formula for understanding culture.
  2. Explore ways that culture is expressed in communicating and in decision-making.
  3. Develop culturally meaningful ways to recognize needs to identify interests and to build consensus.
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