VLE Session # 2: Relating! Caring and CultureJoin the MFLN Military Caregiving team for our Virtual Learning Event (VLE) Session #2: “Relating! Caring and Culture” at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 4, as we reimagine our skills as helping professionals and working with military families.In Session #2 we will explore the conceptual frameworks of cultural and linguistic competence and examine their relevance for supporting service members and their families. Our goal in Session #2 is to take a step further and utilize what we learned from this Wednesday’s VLE Session #1, “Rethinking! Creating Strategies to Build Trust and Credibility,” to really understand how culture plays a key role in service members and families approach to support services.Cultural competence and linguistic competence are widely recognized as fundamental aspects of quality health and behavioral health care. Both cultural and linguistic competence are viewed essential approaches for reducing disparities, while promoting equity by improving access, utilization, service delivery, and health and well-being among patients, their families and communities.Upon completion of the VLE Session #2, you will be able to:Define culture and its multiple manifestations.Describe culturally defined belief systems that impact health, behavioral health, and disability.List four rationales for cultural competence in health and human services.Describe a conceptual framework for a cultural competence model and its relevance for their roles/responsibilities.Define linguistic competence with an emphasis on the role of health literacy in the provision of care, services and supports.The VLE is centered on the theme of reenergizing and rejuvenating your work environment. This FREE web-based learning opportunity is open to the public and will be similar to a professional conference – no travel involved! Registration is required.If you missed this week’s VLE Session #1 and want to catch up before next week’s Session #2, make sure you check out: 2015 MFLN Military Caregiving VLE.CEU Credit Available!The MFLN has applied for 1.5 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions.Interested in Joining the VLE?Go to “Relating! Caring and Culture” the day of the event to join. The event is hosted by the Department of Defense Collaboration System (DCS), but is open to the public. It is strongly suggested that when using the DCS system that you open the webinar on Google Chrome for both PC and MAC connections. If this is not an option, Internet Explorer may be used if connecting via PC. Safari and Firefox are not compatible with this DCS platform.For those of you who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 30, 2015.