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.



This chapter provides you with the opportunity to expand your understanding about culturally appropriate intervention strategies. As our discussion of the paradigm of generic characteristics of counseling in several previous chapters has shown, the classic standard of working within the counseling relationship has the potential to create conflicts with various cultural groups because of differences in worldviews. This chapter explores pragmatic matters such as institutional barriers, bias in counseling theories, bias in assessment instruments, the influence of family structures, various within-group differences, and discriminatory practices.

Models of mental health have provided practitioners with tools for measuring human behavior and guidelines for treatment options (Ridley, 2005). Much of the time we use models that measure behaviors against normal mainstream cultural values. Ridley (2005) discusses four prominent ...

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