Published by Lawrence T. White, Ph.D. in Culture Conscious
In today’s multicultural world, many counselors and therapists seek to learn more about how to understand and serve clients who have culturally diverse backgrounds. Unfortunately, the literature on multicultural counseling is often filled with empty clichés like “embracing diversity” and “building bridges.” Therapists are urged to become aware of their own communication style and consider the client’s perspective, as if they weren’t already doing those things.
Some experts focus on a single cultural or ethnic group and offer concrete advice within a particular cultural framework. In one primer, for example, therapists who work with Arab American clients are advised to dress well, be hospitable, repeat responses, and sit so the soles of their shoes don’t face toward the client (which is an insult in the Arab world). This kind of advice is helpful, of course, but it doesn’t give therapists the specific tools they need to genuinely help their clients.
Published by Lawrence T. White, Ph.D. in Culture Conscious In today’s multicultural world, many counselors and th...