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.

Attitudes and Beliefs

Attitudes and beliefs

In this chapter, we direct specific attention to the discussion of the importance of cultural self-awareness, the exploration of one's cultural background and how this knowledge influences one's attitudes, values, and biases about mental health issues and related topics. Another competency discussed in this category is the ability to recognize the limitations of one's own effectiveness in working with culturally diverse others. The last competency examined in this group brings attention to our comfort level when working with clients who are different from us racially, ethnically, and culturally. We may make assumptions about our comfort level, especially if we have not assessed our racial identity (by using Sue & Sue's [1990] racial/cultural identity development model [R/CIDM; see Appendix 4.A], Helms's ...

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