Multicultural Counseling

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  • Sometimes referred to as cross-cultural counseling, it involves an awareness of attitudes and beliefs about specific cultures and incorporates that knowledge in counseling relationships with clients from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. Multicultural counseling acknowledges power and privilege as related to various client populations and challenges—historically, the heavy reliance on white cultural values. As such, therapists are encouraged to acknowledge and confront their generalizations and stereotypes about individuals from diverse groups. Multicultural competencies have been developed by both the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association for the training and practice of psychologists and counselors, respectively.

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