ERIC Number: ED442053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Using Cyberspace To Enhance Counselors' Cultural Transcendence.
McFadden, John; Jencius, Marty
This chapter provides direction in how to add the tool of cyberspace technology to the mental health professional's repertoire of skills. The first suggestion is that mental health professionals need to aspire to be a model for others. Before they can model appropriate use of technology to help in understanding cultures, they need to understand it and practice it themselves. The second suggestion is that mental health professionals should enter cyberspace with a framework by which to understand cultures. The stylistic model presented in this chapter provides a framework by which to organize cultural information in cyberspace. Once such a cultural framework is used, cyberspace can be explored using the systematic process described in this chapter, moving from time- and place-dependent strategies to time- and place-independent strategies. A third suggestion is that health care professionals should keep both feet planted firmly in midair. Cyberspace is a new and fluid environment. Use of scholarly skepticism will aid in discerning the worthy material found on the Internet. A final suggestion is that health care professionals should seek the support of colleagues and work cooperatively with other professionals who are exploring the mixing of these two paradigms, cyberspace and culture. Cyberspace provides tools to do such cultural collaboration with colleagues on a worldwide platform. (Contains 24 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Competence, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselors, Cultural Pluralism, Electronic Mail, Internet, Models, Technology, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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