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Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory

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Awareness of our cultural identities is the first step to being more effective cross-culturally amongst our peers. The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI) workshop is a powerful experience in helping participants identify personal areas of low cultural understanding. Participants will also identify individual strengths and weaknesses in four skill areas fundamental to effective cross-cultural communication.

The online version of this assessment requires a subscription to the HRDQ Online Assessment Center.

The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI) workshop helps participants identify individual strengths and weaknesses in four skill areas. Skill areas fundamental to effective cross-cultural communication and interaction:

  • Emotional resilience
  • Flexibility/openness
  • Perceptual acuity
  • Personal autonomy

The Facilitator Guide is a set of directions for your Cultural Passport to Anywhere and the Paper Assessment. Participants explore their own cultural identity and learn to improve their interactions with other cultures. Forty-five steps create an informative, interesting, practical, and fun learning experience. The design includes detailed methods for using the passport, as well as the administration, scoring, profiling, and interpretation of the Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory.

Uses and Applications

The main goal of the CCAI is to increase the ability of participants to interact with people from other cultures, and to:

  • Define the concept of culture
  • Raise awareness of cultural backgrounds and cultural identities
  • Self-assess cross-cultural effectiveness
  • Examine expectations and feelings regarding cross-cultural experiences
  • Identify fundamental causes of cross-cultural difficulties
  • Investigate ways to improve cross-cultural effectiveness
  • Create commitment to action plans that improve cross-cultural effectiveness

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be more successful in cross-cultural interactions
  • Participate more effectively in multi-cultural discussions
  • Develop readiness for travel or study abroad
  • Access their competencies for relocating to another culture
  • Improve their productivity as a member of an intercultural team
  • Select and train global leaders
  • Contribute to a corporate culture valuing cultural diversity

Product Details

Product Type: Assessment and workshop. The Facilitator Guide is an in-depth workbook designed to help trainers swiftly administer the workshop and assessment.

Audience: The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory is designed for multi-national corporations, pre-departure training, and diversity programs.

Measures: The main goal of the CCAI is to increase interactions between people from other cultures.

Dimensions: Emotional reliance, flexibility, openness, perceptual acuity, and personal autonomy.

Time Required: Workshop take four to eight hours. Assessment typically takes 20 minutes to complete and score.

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

The Facilitator Guide includes instructions for delivering an extensive learning experience. Also included in the Facilitator Guide are samples of the Self-Assessment, the Cultural Passport to Anywhere, and the Action-Planning Guide.

Workbook and Action Planner 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The Workbook and Action Planner are designed to be used with the Facilitator Guide and Paper Assessment. The set includes the Cultural Passport to Anywhere and the Action-Planning Guide.

The Cultural Passport to Anywhere gives participants an opportunity to explore their cultural background and identify the effects of their interactions with persons and situations that are from other cultures.

The Action-Planning Guide helps participants develop strategies for implementing changes in their behaviors and attitudes based on the information gained from the Paper Assessment and other workshop activities.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The paper assessment booklet contains instructions for completing the assessment, the assessment items, the scoring form, directions for scoring and charting results, and basic interpretive information.

Online Assessment: Order One Per Participant.

As the foundation for the workshop, the online assessment is administered to participants through the HRDQ Assessment Center. A full-color, detailed report is delivered electronically to the administrator when complete.

About the Authors

Judith Meyers Psy.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist currently in private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Meyers received her undergraduate degree in secondary English education and a master's degree in education from Temple University. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the former Hahnemann University and Medical College in Philadelphia.

Colleen Kelley Ph.D. is a human resource specialist and has been an organization development consultant and human relations trainer for more than 25 years. She has a background in experiential design, facilitation, team building, and organization development techniques. She has a BA in modern languages, MA in French language and literature and educational psychology, a MHRD in human resource development, and a Ph.D. in professional psychology.

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