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Cross-Cultural Consultation

  • By: Colette L. Ingraham
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Cross-cultural consultation is of a type of problemsolving consultation that attends to the diverse values, perspectives, styles of communication, and cultural contexts prevalent in today's multicultural schools. It helps consultants bridge across the different cultures and perspectives among members of the consultation system (consultant, consultee, and client). Culture is complex and may be influenced by a wide range of factors such as familial values, ethnicity, race, religion, geographic location, education, level of acculturation, status within larger society, and identity within a minority group. School psychologists skilled in cross-cultural consultation help develop shared understandings of the problems and ways to resolve them.

Cross-cultural consultation is an approach that brings cultural issues to the forefront and adjusts the consultation services to address the needs and culture of the ...

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