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ERIC Number: ED338940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Introduction to Multicultural Issues in Career Development.
Rifenbary, Deborah
Becoming a culturally skilled career counselor is an important step in working effectively with ethnic minorities. Much of the professional literature has indicated that a traditional counseling model, one that has been derived from a traditional white middle class model, may not be effective in working with culturally diverse clients. The model described in this paper has been designed to assist career counselors to become "culturally skilled," and in so doing to provide more effective career counseling to cultural groups which are particular to the State of New Mexico. The model is divided into five parts. Part 1 provides an introduction which addresses the need for and history of cross-cultural counseling. It presents several theoretical orientations that may be helpful in understanding ethnic minorities, and addresses myths relative to ethnic minority groups. Part 2 includes an awareness component which consists of activities that will enable a counselor working with ethnic minorities to understand his or her cultural background and acknowledge biases, attitudes, and beliefs relative to ethnic minorities. Part 3 contains a knowledge component with information regarding the values and beliefs of ethnic minority groups, barriers indigenous to cultural differences, and information specific to effective cross-cultural counseling. Part 4 includes a skills component which gives guidelines and strategies for working with minorities. Part 5 contains culturally relevant materials and a comprehensive list of references helpful in understanding ethnic groups. (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Div. of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque. Dept. of Educational Administration.