Intercultural Approach: Changes in Society: How our Pluralistic Society is bringing the need for change in our counselling models.
Counselling was once seen as the realm of the white middle class but as our society has changed so has the need to think about those accessing counselling and how we as practitioners address those changing needs.
Most models of counselling are based on White European ideas and concepts.
It was taken for granted that a one on one relationship between client and therapist was the norm but there are radical differences in cultural concepts and societal norms within a pluralistic society the concept of self, independence, respect and family and community obligations may differ from those of counsellor meaning that the way we think about the counselling relationship has to be adapted to fit those core beliefs. It may not be about just what goes on in the room for the client.
Definition of intercultural counselling
A form of dynamic psychotherapy that takes into account the whole being of the patient- not only the individual concepts and constructs as presented by the therapist, but also the communal life experience in the world - both past and present. The very being from another culture involves both conscious and unconscious assumptions, both in the patient and in the therapist. I believe that for the successful outcome of therapy it is essential to address these conscious and unconscious assumptions
Events in the external world can be internalised so it’s not just based on personal experience, it’s about what a person has been subjected things like war, racism, loss of identity in a host society, stereotyping etc.
The Nafsiyat concept of Intercultural counselling was developed from certain core ideas
There are intrinsic differences between human beings.
Events in the external world can be internalised.
To try to seek the universality that exists in diversity
To work with the external...