This book will provide practitioners, researchers and counsellor trainers with the knowledge they need to influence more competent therapeutic practice with a diverse clientele. It is a companion volume to Volume 7 in the Multicultural Aspects of Counseling series.

The Profession's Response to Multiculturalism

The profession's response to multiculturalism

Multicultural Counseling Competence is …

  • Being aware of how the history of our society and our profession frequently were culturally encapsulated.
  • Being aware of how the mental health fields have traditionally perceived racial/ethnic differences, have engaged in cultural oppression, and have been slow to recognize the importance of multiculturalism in mental health practice.
  • Being able to understand the sociopolitical meaning of resistance to multiculturalism and being able to present cogent and logical rebuttals to the objections raised.

The helping profession's response to diversity and multicultural issues has been a shameful one (Carter, 1995; Sue & Sue, 1990). Racist and ethnocentric notions were frequently manifested in the research, theory, and practice of psychology and education. G. Stanley Hall, first president of ...

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