ERIC Number: EJ927965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Trainee Multicultural Case Conceptualization Ability and Couples Therapy
Schomburg, Allison M.; Prieto, Loreto R.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v37 n2 p223-235 Apr 2011
Previous literature on the assessment of multicultural counseling competence has been concerned only with counselors' abilities when working with individual clients. We expanded this line of research by investigating trainees' multicultural case conceptualization ability in the context of working with couples. Despite the fact that trainees self-reported a high level of multicultural competency, trainees were largely inattentive to racial factors in their case conceptualization responses to vignettes involving both African American and European American clients presenting for couples therapy. On the whole, despite didactic, clinical, and extracurricular training in multiculturalism, marriage and family therapy trainees did not sufficiently incorporate cultural factors into their clinical case conceptualizations. We discuss implications for teaching, practice, and future research.
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Trainees, Cultural Pluralism, Racial Factors, Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling
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