Cultural Competency

Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity

DMIS is the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, introduced by Milton Bennett in 1986 and later revised in 1993. It describes six stages of cross-cultural experience, especially the management of differences across culture. In the outline that follows, there are stages of “ethnocentrism” where an individual may be focused more on himself. Following are stages of…

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Cultural Competency Begins with Self-Awareness

How important is self-awareness? It is enormously important in the cross-cultural setting. The single greatest hindrance to effective intercultural communication is the assumption that others see the world as I do. They do not! The grid through which I “see” is shaped by: (a) core worldview assumptions about is and is not real and (b) embraced values about…

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