Experiential Approach for Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence by Mary L. Fawcett and Kathy M. Evans is an ideal companion text for students preparing for a career in counseling or mental health. Mental health workers-in-training need to learn to work effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds, and this text helps them develop these key skills by providing a ready-made resource of multicultural and diversity activities that instructors can assign to enhance student learning in class. It is applicable to all of the core courses in the counseling curriculum and it is developmentally designed to help students build multicultural and diversity competencies from the beginning level to an advanced level.

Beliefs and Attitudes

Beliefs and attitudes

In this chapter, we focus on the diversity of spiritual practices among clients and the importance of understanding how beliefs and values affect individuals' worldviews, psychosocial functioning, and expressions of distress. Additionally, we discuss indigenous helping practices and make recommendations to help you understand all types of interventions in diverse communities. We emphasize bilingualism as a value counselors need to hold in order to best serve a variety of clients.

To highlight one area of these competencies and provide an example, let's look at how a person's beliefs and values may affect his or her psychosocial functioning in the area of a disability. Many models of disability exist that structure the ways in which society may perceive persons with disabilities (PWDs) ...

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