Multicultural counselling techniques and behaviours have evolved as the counselling profession has evolved. There has been continued evolution from the original definition of multiculturalism to applying theory to work with diverse clients. This assignment will allow you to examine the history of the counselling profession so you can compare it to the current state of multicultural counselling and become aware of your own personal viewpoints and biases.
Write a 525- to 700-word comparison of the history and current state of multicultural counselling in which you:
- Summarize significant historical changes in society that influenced multicultural counselling.
- Describe the implications of worldview, culture, ethnicity, prejudice, and privilege in counselling.
- Describe contemporary issues, such as the implications of a more diverse society, the effects of discrimination, and the availability of services for different populations. Include commentary on barriers to multicultural dialogue.
- Identify any personal biases you may have once had that stemmed from your worldview.
- Explain why multicultural standards for practice are important in professional counselling.
Why is it important to understand the cultural context of your client?
Each client a counselor encounters will present with a unique background and worldview. As a result, it is the counselor’s responsibility to develop an understanding of the multicultural and pluralistic characteristics among the diverse individuals they see for treatment.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
Why is it important to understand the cultural context of your client? How can you engage your clients in a multicultural dialogue? What are some barriers? What ways can you overcome the barriers?