Ccmh/510 Current State of the Profession

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Current State of the Profession As a counselor in training according to Derald Wing Sue in his text Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice (CCD), one must understand his or her own reaction to issues of diversity, multiculturalism, oppression, race, gender, and sexual orientation; it is important to one’s development as a counselor (p. 6, 2013). I will focus on the significant historical changes in society that influenced cultural counseling. Discuss the changes in worldview, culture, ethnicity, prejudice, and privilege of counseling. Describe the contemporary issues, such as implications of a more diverse society, effects of discrimination, and availability of services. Finally, with a conclusion of why are cultural and linguistic standards for services important for counseling. Significant Historical Changes in Society That Influenced Cultural Counseling D.W. Sue’s CCD indicates that psychological research only represents five percent of the world’s population, concluding that knowledge of human behavior neglects 95% of the world’s population (p. 40, 2013). The accurate view of cultural competence is inclusive and broad when helping in the multicultural population (Sue, 2013). He states that, counselors intentionally or unintentionally avoid acknowledging racial or cultural background of a client. Western civilizations have a belief clients are the same; goals, techniques, and thereapy are likewise appropriate for all (Sue, 2013). Stereotyping of clients can be confusing, a counselor who is helping a client of color must be careful not to influence his or her own beliefs. In Ann Bolton-Brownlee writing she states, counselors must view identity, individualism, and development of culturally diverse clients in terms of multiple, interactive factors, rather than a strictly cultural framework (Issues in Multicultural Counseling, 1987). An effective

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