Could being culturally responsive help you manage uncertainty in a Covid world?

Since the start of the pandemic, many articles have been written about the correlation between people not being able to deal with the uncertainty of a Covid world, and its impact on people’s mental health across the board, globally, 

In her The Conversation article, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology at the University of Reading says:

This is not only down to worries over exposure to COVID-19 and access to medical care, but also concerns about the stability of the economy, job security, the availability of food and household supplies – and even when to book a holiday. We have needed to adjust and readjust our behaviour continually in response to changing risks and government guidelines.

People from a migrant or refugee background have had to deal with uncertainties when moving to their new country. Their intercultural skills were particularly honed because they have to adjust and readjust their cultural lenses.  In a country like Australia where almost half the population was born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas, the chances of meeting someone from a different cultural orientation is quite high.

Within the See Me See You cultural responsiveness program one of the four cultural competences that underpin the training, is managing uncertainty. To know how well you manage uncertainty, you have to ask yourself the following two questions:

  • How well you deal with the complexities of greater cultural diversity—how comfortable you are in this complexity?

  • How effectively you use cultural diversity as a source of learning and innovation—how diversity becomes your tool for creativity?

We believe that this pillar within the Intercultural Readiness Check helps participants to build their intercultural muscles so that they can build a bridge between themselves and others. 

The See Me See You training is free for anyone who works for a not-for-profit organisation. Get in touch to book training at your organisation today. Email erika.v@multiculturalfutures.org.au