Demographic trends are showing that minorities, biracial, multiethnic, and multiracial people are increasingly making up the US population. Psychology is currently struggling to incorporate human diversity into the theories, perspectives, methodologies, and practices of the field; nevertheless, it is imperative that counselors be well versed in working with a multicultural population. The culture-centered approach to counseling presumes that all counseling is multicultural. Both the client and the counselor’s behaviors are determined by culturally learned assumptions and understanding those assumptions accurately is essential for treatment to be effective.
Discuss at least one culturally learned assumption you have about the world and address how you think it might impact your work with clients.
It is imperative that all counselors be culturally competent, regardless of the counselor’s race or ethnicity, as all counseling is considered multicultural. From the course readings thus far explain why it is important for counselors to be culturally competent in the work they do with others.
Read the following chapter in your text:
Chapter 4: “Theories of Counseling”
This chapter addresses the major theoretical paradigms that inform the counseling relationship.
Read Stuart, M. (2004). Twelve practical suggestions for achieving multicultural competence. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35(1), 3–9. (Found in the KU library.)
Read Barnett et al. (2007). Informed consent too much of a good thing or not enough? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(2), 179–186. (Found in the KU library.)
Watch the following video available on PBS: A Class Divided.
Frontline (1985). A Class Divided. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/video/flv/…
Text book-Erford, B. T. Orientation to the Counseling Profession: Advocacy, Ethics, and Essential Professional Foundations,2014
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