Having knowledge of and experience with culturally diverse groups will help you to understand the role culture plays within the context of counseling interactions. The effects of historical events, ideologies, and policies that permeate systems such as education and health care have significantly influenced the experience of various cultural groups.
In this Application Assignment, you explore how the field of counseling has impacted the well-being of culturally diverse populations.
For this Application Assignment, review the Learning Resources. Consider the history of counseling and the intersecting perceptions of counselors and clients, as well as the consequences of those perceptions. Why is an understanding of history important for cultural competence?
In a 3- to 4-page paper:
· Explain how the history and theories of counseling have both benefited and oppressed cultural groups.
· Briefly describe the experience of a specific cultural group to support the points made in your explanation.
· Explain how one of the following modern controversies, or another of your choice, benefits or oppresses a specific cultural group: IQ debate, standardized testing, history of naming, use of psychotherapy, the deficit model.
Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation.
· Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
o Chapter 4, “The Political and Social Justice Implications of Counseling and Psychotherapy” (pp. 107-144)
o Chapter 5, “The Impact of Systemic Oppression: Counselor Credibility and Client Worldviews” (pp. 145-178)
o Chapter 6, “Microaggressions in Counseling and Psychotherapy” (pp. 179-212)
· Hays, P. A. (2016). Addressing cultural complexities in practice: Assessment, diagnosis, and therapy (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
o Chapter 3, “Doing Your Own Cultural Self-Assessment” (pp. 39-60)
· Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012a). Emotional roadblocks on the road to cultural competence. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 12 minutes.
In this video, Drs. Derald Wing Sue, Teresa LaFromboise, Marie Miville, and Thomas Parham discuss some of the emotional challenges that come with learning cultural competency.
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· Hays, P. A. (1996). Addressing the complexities of culture and gender in counseling. Journal of Counseling and Development, 74(4), 332–338.
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