ERIC Number: ED395231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Multicultural Counseling Training and Ratings of "Culturally Sensitive" and "Culturally Insensitive" White Counselors by White Counselor-trainees.
Steward, Robbie J.; Wright, Doris J.
Research in multicultural literature addressing the dynamics among Whites have primarily addressed counselor-client dyads. This study examines how training in multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills influences the evaluation of White counselors' multicultural counseling competence. Fifty-four White Americans enrolled in American Psychological Association-approved counseling psychology graduate programs viewed videotapes of one "culturally sensitive" and one "culturally insensitive" counselor. Both counselors were working with an African American male client discussing problems of racial discrimination in the work environment. Findings suggest that while multicultural training significantly influenced the evaluation process of the "culturally sensitive" counselor, no significant contribution was made to the variance in ratings of the "culturally insensitive" one. Some trends which emerged from the results include the following: (1) The difference between ratings of a "culturally sensitive" and "culturally insensitive" counselor is greater when White raters report more extensive multicultural counseling training; (2) White raters with more multicultural training tended to evaluate a White "culturally sensitive" counselor more positively than those with less training; and (3) If the White rater is responsible for evaluating more than one counselor in a group featuring a wide range of multicultural competencies, "culturally sensitive" White counselors might be penalized in the evaluation process. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Cultural Sensitivity