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Richness in Diversity

Working to understand more fully your client's values, attitudes, culture, ethnicity, and environment could not only assist in therapeutic success but enhance your own life as well.

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A description of a group or culture with which you have little familiarity. Then, referencing the appropriate guideline from the readings for this week, describe at least two techniques and/or skills that you might use when working with clients from that group or culture. Finally, describe two challenges you might encounter as you examine your own values, biases, and attitudes about this group or culture, and explain how you would address each challenge.

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Note: In addressing any concerns regarding ethnicity and/or diversity, be sure to note any ethical concerns that you may have—including those prescribed by the APA; ethical guidelines when working with diverse populations.

(1) [Provide a] description of a group or culture with which you have little familiarity.

Culture is a "learned system of knowledge, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, values, and norms that is shared by a group of people (Smith, 1966 as cited in Building our understanding, n. d.). Cultural diversity comprises the uniqueness of each group. Hispanics in the United States consists of groups with nationalities that include (a) Cuban, (b) Mexican, (c) Puerto Rican, (d) South or Central American, or (e) other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race (Black/African-American, White/Caucasian, Asian, and Native American) or mixed race (U. S. Census Bureau, 2000). Based on the 2008 Census Bureau population estimate,, 46.9,illion Hispanics lives in the U. S., and they are a fast growing, diverse population (

Unfortunately, survey results are present to suggest that Hispanics and Latinos may face the most discrimination in the U.S. In a (2007) Pew Poll, Hispanics in the U. S. findings suggest that Hispanics are facing a range of negative effects from increased public awareness of immigration laws. Additionally, an Associated Press (AP) Univision Poll, revealed that about 40 percent of the Hispanics reported they had experienced increased personal discrimination. Others reported "microinsults" such as "you're a dumb ...

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This solution discusses the issue of racial discrimination encountered by Hispanics as an ethnic group in the U. S. It describes techniques and skills to address this issue when counseling with this this culture.