Introduction I will evaluate, using examples, the relevance of the following in the counselling process:- stereotyping language issues different belief systems family structures family life experiences Stereotyping A stereotype is a popular belief about specific types of individuals. In most of my readings and research on counseling diverse populations, I find that. This definition is expanded to include dissimilarities in religion and spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, age and maturity, socioeconomic class, family history, and even geographic location. Indeed, the social context of the twenty first century, that provides the backdrop for the hopes, fears and aspirations of our clients, warrants attention, as people and organisations are shaped by the social systems that prevail. Most religions or faiths do not tolerate same sex relationships.
In spite of having been recruited on merit and on her track record, she was repeatedly told by the chief executive that she was incapable of doing a satisfactory job of managing her people. Cultural Norms and Differences Cultural norms are behavior patterns that are. She was however offered, and accepted, coaching with an executive mentor. Meeting with other therapists and sharing information, books, supervision and support is another way to maintain good practice. As contemporary society changes economically, politically and culturally, however, counselling faces multiple new challenges in addressing diversity and difference. However, her black colleague was insistent that this was the name he wanted to be known by, and they jointly worked through the conflict towards resolution.
Personal experience and clinical practice are helpful ways of gaining knowledge. I am an outdoorsman that enjoys hunting and fishing with my family,. As a Psychotherapist myself I clearly know how much client 'differences' such as a disability, or say a major sexuality issue, affect one's way of acting as a therapist in ways sometimes hard to even think about let alone talk about. Ethically I should speak to my supervisor, seek professional help form another counsellor to enable me to deal with this situation or consider referring the client on. This means that the counsellor may need to employ psycho-educational methods and bibliotherapy, homework etc to help with relationship skills, sex education and other issues. Openness and honesty are key Culturally competent counselors invite open and honest dialogue about race and ethnicity in their therapeutic sessions and use professional resources and activities to develop their counseling skills with racially and ethnically diverse clients.
There are a wealth of books and information online that deal with gender and sexual diversity clients. It can enhance the organization's responsiveness to an increasingly diverse world of customers, improve relations with the surrounding community, increase the organization's ability to cope with change, and expand the creativity of the organization. So, they put in long hours to show they are keen to be promoted. A counselor is the person who offers services of counseling and is a professional who has undergone training to acquire the skills and competency to do the job. In the past decade equal opportunities legislation and the need to be proactive in thinking about diversity has begun to make its mark. Recent theories Diamond 2008 around sexual orientation elaborate on its natural fluidity. We are committed to providing a working environment that is free from bullying and harassment and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
Therefore, counseling may also be regarded as a helping profession because it aims at helping the clients deal with the problems they face. In a society that embraces diversity and seeks to afford equality for all, theories of male and female identity development need revisiting. The impact of using medical or anatomical terms by the therapist in response to informal, colloquial, or slang terms used by the client may well send messages of discomfort or disapproval from the therapist. Within the counselling profession however there is a strict ethical framework which must be adhered to. The same is true for counselors everywhere.
And we have learned various strategies for how to work with people from different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. This book by Profesor Sue Wheeler explores in clear and balanced ways how therapists both encounter, and need to respond to, all kinds of 'differences' in clients. In this relationship, the assumption is that the client is in a problem and needs assistance, while the counselor is experienced and possesses unconditional positive regard to the client. Resources Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Interested in knowing more? I do believe I am a unique and diverse person. To minimize the risk of misunderstanding and misinterpreting our clients we should acknowledge the influence of culture and respond respectfully to these cultural differences, values, and beliefs. This book is essential reading for counsellors and psychotherapists in training and for experienced practitioners whose continuous professional development will be enhanced by re-evaluating how diversity affects their practice. In the past decade equal opportunities legislation and the need to be proactive in thinking about diversity has begun to make its mark.
As such, equality and diversity have been part of the core behaviours of the Institute since its inception in 1985. What we must realise is by doing this we are resorting to prejudice by ascribing characteristics about a person based on a stereotype, without the true knowledge or total facts. The asexual population whether in romantic relationships or not is struggling to be out and accepted: individuals not engaging in sexual activities are frequently pathologised and discriminated against. Counselling of this nature requires the utmost sensitivity and total respect for confidentiality. It works with the hypervigilance and consequences of living within a society which is biased towards heteronormativity and binary conception of gender.
It is a trans-theoretical approach where all theoretical models Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Behavioural can operate within their central organising principles and tenets Davies and Neal 2000. This woman senior manager had indeed a passionate and spirited approach coming from an Italian background , and the prevailing culture in the organisation found it hard to accept her. Complacency is no longer tolerated. For successful therapy to take place, it is important for counselors to be culturally sensitive of clients and avoid stereotyping. In my catholic up-bringing it is instilled onto us that homosexuality in wrong and therefore I am aware when in a counselling setting I do not judge them according to the scriptures set down by the Holy Bible, society, family values, life experiences and the media.