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Lynn LeBlanc-Marrone is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor with 30 years of experience treating substance use disorders.  She is the Director of Outpatient Clinical Services for Spectrum Health Systems.  Ms. LeBlanc-Marrone also teaches at Assumption College, Anna Maria College and Westfield State University/AdCare Educational Institute---Addiction Counselor Education Program.

Making Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Culturally Responsive

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An expected standard in the behavioral health industry is for treatment to be culturally responsive.  That is, cultural competence should be demonstrated by the organization, as well as, by the clinical staff delivering services.  But what exactly does it mean to be culturally competent?

To answer this question we must first recognize what culture is and how it impacts all of us.  Each person, client and clinician, comes to the therapeutic environment with their own history and experiences which provide a framework for how each views the world. 

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