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ERIC Number: EJ1065398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Mental Health Consultation: An Untapped Tool for Facilitating Volatile Intercultural Diversity Group Dialogs
marbley, aretha faye; Stevens, Hal; Taylor, Colette M.; Ritter, Rachelle Berg; Robinson, Petra A.; McGaha, Valerie; Bonner, Fred A., II; Li, Jiaqi
Multicultural Education, v22 n2 p8-15 Win 2015
There is an urgent need for leadership skills when facilitating communication and engendering acceptance and respect among people from culturally different backgrounds, opposing viewpoints, and vastly different experiences. Thus, when facilitating intercultural group dialogs, varying institutions, agencies, and businesses need culturally competent professionals who have excellent leadership, group, and diversity skills--even clinical skills--to work effectively with divergent communities, both internal and external, and their divergent citizens in addressing highly sensitive issues and building cross-cultural sensitivity. For such efforts to be effective, consultation services should be grounded in multiple disciplines and inclusive of many outreach activities typical of community mental health programs and centers. Such consultation skills allow the mental health professional to assume roles that range from the expert to the collegial. For these reasons these authors believe that a consultation model can be an effective tool for use when the goal is to provide safe open spaces for cultural exchange in seminars and workshops in culturally diverse and volatile climates. A consultation model that emphasizes communication and great listening and leadership skills which ultimately empower the group members is an ideal tool for raising awareness and consciousness while promoting inclusive citizenry and modeling effective intercultural communication skills. In this article, the authors provide actual scenarios as examples of "how-not-to." Also provided is an overview of the generic model with a description of the very basic steps used in mental health consultation and collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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