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ERIC Number: EJ964800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0653
Assessing and Promoting Cultural Relativism in Students of Counseling
Mcauliffe, Garrett John; Grothaus, Tim; Jensen, Margaret; Michel, Rebecca
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v34 n2 p118-135 Jun 2012
Multicultural counseling is often promoted as a core element in counselor development. As such, educational efforts aim to increase counselors' cultural relativism, or their ability to recognize their own enculturation and to appreciate the value of other cultural norms. This mixed qualitative-quantitative study explored the relationship between counselor and human service professional trainees' moral development levels and their cultural assumptions after they had experienced a course in cultural diversity. Four themes were noted: (i) reflexivity about culture, (ii) orientation toward activism and advocacy, (iii) differences in attitudes toward sexual orientation and religion, and (iv) increased alertness to culture. Implications for culturally alert practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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