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Chapter 4: Case Illustration: Exploring an African American Case with the AA-SISM
The purpose of presenting this case is to demonstrate the utility of Parham's (2002) African American Skills Identification Stage Model (AA-SISM) in the conceptualization and practice of counseling a client of African descent. It will illustrate another path toward counselor cultural competence and how knowledge and skills in this area are essential to effective counseling and serving more appropriately the needs of clients. To accomplish this objective, I will briefly summarize my thoughts about cultural competence, summarize a case, and then discuss utilizing Parham's model as a conceptual and intervention framework and make concluding observations.
Understanding cultural competence, of course, is beset with the complexity ...