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

The competency area discussed in this chapter focuses on the counselor's attitudes and beliefs about those who differ from him or her. The exercises in this chapter, therefore, are intended to assist you, the counselor trainee, in developing an awareness of your own cultural biases. In addition, you will explore your own reactions to your clients' negative perceptions of you as the counselor. For example, many trainees hesitate to bring up racial and cultural differences with their clients because they say they don't want to (a) offend the clients, (b) bring up something that may not even be an issue for the clients, or (c) make the clients uncomfortable. Most of the time what is happening, however, is that the ...

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