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ERIC Number: ED420009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Challenges of Counseling Asian Americans: Some Practical Implications.
Woo, Annie; Lau, Christine
The purpose of this study was to guide the types of services that mental health centers provide to the Asian community in the United States. Specifically the goals of the needs assessment were to: (1) identify the counseling needs of Asian Americans; (2) describe the degree and patterns of the use of mental health and counseling services in the Asian community; (3) identify emerging issues in the area of minority counseling; and (4) identify ways to improve the quality of service delivery to Asian Americans. Data concerning the evaluation of the Asian Social Service Center in Portland, Oregon were collected from program documents and records as well as from interviews with employees. The outcome evaluation was focused on the extent to which the substance abuse education curriculum has developed and implemented the strategies for improving effectiveness. The following risk factors were found: language barriers; lack of skills for accessing information about community resources; traumatic experiences in patients' pasts; difficulties in obtaining employment; cultural shock; and lack of social support. Findings show that the ASSC had contributed greatly to improved quality of life among clients. Results are displayed on several graphs and charts. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon (Portland)