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Cross-Cultural Counseling: Developing Culture-Centered Interactions
Cross-cultural counseling: Developing culture-centered interactions

Cross-cultural counseling is any broadly defined psychological helping relationship in formal or informal settings where the provider assesses, understands, and/or evaluates a client's behavior in that client's cultural context where those behaviors were learned and displayed. Because all behavior is learned and displayed in a cultural context—and if culture is defined broadly to include demographic, status, and affiliation as well as ethnographic variables—then all counseling can be described as cross-cultural.

If culture is made central to counseling, then behavior can be measured more accurately, personal identity becomes more clear, the consequences of problems are better understood, and situations become more meaningful in their cultural contexts. Culture-centered interventions depend on an inclusive definition of culture and a broad ...

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