ERIC Number: ED397151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Race, Culture and Counselling.
Lago, Colin; Thompson, Joyce
Some of the major dimensions and subtleties underlying issues of race and culture and the impact these can have on counseling and psychotherapy relationships are explored. The context is British, but many of the issues and concerns are applicable to therapists in other societies. Chapter 1 describes the climate in which the discussion is set, a climate where counseling and psychotherapy are established as healing systems. Issues of race and power are analyzed. The cultural backgrounds of the counselor and the client have important implications for the understanding they develop. Sensitivity, fostered by the counselor's training and theoretical background, is essential in order that the minority person finds in counseling the opportunity to express thoughts and acknowledge experiences. A conceptual model is presented to help the counselor understand a variety of culturally appropriate helping interventions. The text also offers transcripts from transcultural counseling sessions that may be used for training and discussion purposes. Very real challenges face the counselor in today's multiracial and multicultural world, and it is essential that counseling not become another oppressive or damaging instrument of society. (Contains 2 tables, 22 figures, and 227 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Counseling, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Culture, Experience, Foreign Countries, Helping Relationship, Intervention, Minority Groups, Power Structure, Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Environment, Training
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom