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Until now, an important aspect of multicultural counseling has been long overlooked amid the profusion of literature—the practical application of multicultural theory. Social Justice, Multicultural Counseling, and Practice: Beyond a Conventional Approach fills this void and tackles some of the top challenges in multicultural counseling including how to implement multicultural theory and how to practice social justice and equity. This groundbreaking work takes a multilayered and multidimensional approach that will help practitioners “walk the talk” of multicultural competency. It introduces a new model that will give practitioners a clearer understanding of the client's worldview for culturally appropriate assessment, diagnoses, and treatment.
Provides Concrete Strategies boxes for introduced concepts; Emphasizes self-reflection and self-awareness for practitioners; Contains exercises to help practitioners better understand ethnocentrism, types of thinking ...
Chapter 1: Introduction
The Millennium and Two Essential Ingredients for Multicultural Competencies
The new millennium was entered with the sociocultural context of increasingly diversified populations in the United States (Jons & Smith, 2001; United States Census Bureau, 2003, 2004). Various helping professional organizations responded to this change by updating their ethics codes or existing multicultural competencies to emphasize practitioners’ cultural sensitivity to human diversity (American Counseling Association [ACA], 2005; American Psychological Association [APA], 2002, 2003; National Association of Social Workers [NASW], 1999; Roysircar, Arredondo, Fuertes, Ponterotto, & Toporek, 2003).
The National Association of Social Workers’ mission statement includes the following:
Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. (NASW, 1999, Preamble, ¶ 2)
The American Psychological Association's ...