A dynamic exploration of advancing multicultural competence

Offering a fresh theoretical perspective and packed with powerful strategies, New Horizons in Multicultural Counseling clarifies the complexity of culture in our increasingly globalized society. Counselors will find practice-based strategies to help them progress in their clinical practice and gain cultural competence.

Key Features and Benefits

Presents a social constructionism perspective – a progressive perspective that has emerged within a postmodern paradigm; Addresses difficult contemporary human problems with sophisticated and robust conceptual tools, providing readers with a new language to discuss complex counseling and communication problems across cultures; Offers innovative ideas and solutions to address common culturally challenges such as racism, personal suffering and stuck situations; Inspires creativity and undermines judgment, blame, and shame by reconceptualizing theories of culture, giving readers a better handle on the complexity of lived experience

Intended Audience

A core text for Multicultural Counseling, this book is also an ideal supplement to more general upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, counseling, and social work. Practitioners will also find the unique perspective and practice-based tools invaluable.

Cultural Identity Development

Cultural identity development

In this chapter, we shall address the topic of cultural identity in relation to particular models that focus on a developmental approach. In earlier chapters, we have attended to aspects of identity in relation to various forms of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. We have also explored the effects of globalization on these identity patterns. A developmental approach, however, widens our perspective by suggesting that any particular identity position is not fixed. The simple fact of cultural belonging does not say all that can be said about an individual person's identity as it moves through time. It is especially this dimension of time that a developmental approach takes more into account. Through time, identities change. They grow and mature, develop ...

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