Culture and the Therapeutic Process: A Guide for Mental by Mark M. Leach, Jamie D. Aten

By Mark M. Leach, Jamie D. Aten

Whereas there are lots of assets for practitioners at the topic, the anomaly continues to be of what truly constitutes potent multicultural counseling and psychotherapy and the way it's going to be integrated into their sessions.  This booklet addresses the query of ways to use present theories and learn with a different “start-to-finish” technique, studying the position tradition performs in each one level of the healing approach, from earlier than the scientific consumption to termination.  each one bankruptcy is dedicated to at least one of those levels and offers sensible options, concepts, examples, and case studies.  The reader will locate new how you can think about the effect of tradition and extend their very own wisdom and abilities as a practitioner.

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The measure is theoretically based and designed to provide information about an individual’s cultural competency by providing an indication of one’s sensitivity to, or awareness of, cultural differences. Bennett’s (1986, 1993, 2004) Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) provides the underlying theoretical structure for the IDI. Bennett proposes that as individuals’ experiences of cultural difference become more complex, their potential for competence in intercultural relations increases.

In a special issue of the Journal of Counseling and Development in 1999, multiple authors discussed their personal struggles to reducing their own biases and prejudices through selfawareness and analysis, often resulting in an emotional toll. Reducing biases may be only one of the goals of self-awareness. Another goal for therapists may be to understand how their cultural background has influenced their attitudes and values. By understanding one’s background, even when devoid of prejudices in specific areas, it gives the therapist a more robust understanding of herself or himself, thus making one more mindful of cultural perspectives in counseling.

When therapists feel threatened culturally they may answer with what they believe to be justifiable responses. “I am not homonegative, my cousin is gay” is the type of response that can often be heard in the community, in counseling sessions, and within the supervisory relationship. “I’m not racist but …” may be another. White individuals making the latter statement may fall into the “conflictive racial attitude” category of the “White racial consciousness” model (LaFleur, Rowe, & Leach, 2002; Leach, Behrens, & LaFleur, 2002).

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