ERIC Number: ED439327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Career Counseling for New Chinese Immigrants: Clinical Issues and Practical Recommendations.
Chope, Robert C.; Fang, Fan
This paper describes five sources of stress found to affect the acculturation of Chinese immigrants in the San Francisco area. The stresses are physical from adjusting to a new environment; biological from diet and immunity changes; social from new jobs and schools; cultural from political, language, and religious changes; and psychological from values and beliefs changes. It states that career adjustment in the form of career reconstruction plays an important role in the acculturation process and in reducing social, cultural, and psychological stress. It reports that while Chinese people are reluctant to use counseling and mental health services, career counseling appears to be an exception because it is perceived as having little to do with mental health issues, although most will terminate the relationship after one meeting. The paper states that quick termination is due to failure to establish a trusting and safe relationship. When working with new immigrants, the paper suggests that counselors need to do the following: (1) establish a trusting and therapeutic environment; (2) understand the client's needs and develop realistic goals for the client; (3) teach the client information processing and networking skills; (4) apply appropriate directive counseling techniques; and (5) reinforce the client's work on a career development plan. (Contains 20 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Caring in an Age of Technology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Counseling in the 21st Century (6th, Beijing, China, May 29-30, 1997); see CG 029 879.