ERIC Number: ED293761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
French Social Workers and Their Migrant Clients: Recognizing Cultural and Class Roles in Social Work.
Occasional Papers in Intercultural Learning, n13 Jan 1988
Difficulties in language communication and in understanding cultural differences, values, and the structure of the family are a few of the topics included in this paper on counselor education. Teaching professional counselors about working with multicultural communities and the culture of newly immigrant communities allows them to function more effectively. Everyone has a filter or screen that includes stereotypes and prejudices, through which foreigners are viewed. This leads to negative behavior such as prematurely categorizing clients. This eliminates other possible data and results in failure to give legitimacy to the client. Recognition of the cultural identity of the client is a key factor in giving aid, establishing mutual trust, and allowing a more balanced relationship between the client and the counselor. Preparing professionals to communicate without filters of their own culture, as well as to decode communication from other cultures, is central to the training of professionals in this field. (NL)
Descriptors: Counseling Effectiveness, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselor Performance, Cultural Differences, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Conflict, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Migrant Children, Migrant Problems, Migrants, Social Bias
Center for the Study of Intercultural Learning, AFS Intercultural Programs, 313 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Translations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AFS International/Intercultural Programs, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: France