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ERIC Number: EJ1000541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0653
Negotiating Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings in Collaborative Therapeutic Conversations
Sametband, Ines; Strong, Tom
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v35 n2 p88-99 Jun 2013
In this article we discuss how clients who have immigrated to Canada and Canadian counsellors negotiate cross-cultural misunderstandings as opportunities to transcend reified assumptions about cultures. Cultural differences as well as discrepancies in translation need to be worked out for counsellors and clients to arrive at shared understandings useful for clients. Arriving at shared understandings requires conversational partners to recognize and overcome how cultural differences may influence personal interpretation of each other's actions. Misunderstandings, in this sense, highlight affiliative or disaffiliative choices to speakers. We suggest that counsellors can benefit from inviting clients' initiatives and preferences to inform how relationships develop.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada