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Counseling Multicultural Clients

What are some of the challenges that present themselves when counseling and treating someone from a different culture?

Why is it important for a mental health counselor or a professional to consider culture when identifying and treating mental illness?

How should mental health counselor or professional address these issues?

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What are some of the challenges that present themselves when counseling and treating someone from a different culture?

"The need to attend multicultural diversity of clients is more obvious when counselors and clients have different cultural backgrounds" (Sumari, et al., 2008, p. 24). It is very important for counselors to acknowledge and understand the cultural differences between themselves and their clients to accurately treat them and provide guidance. Some challenges that may present themselves when counseling and treating someone from a different culture are the cultural norms and appropriate ways to address clients. For example, in a Native American culture, it is considered disrespectful to make continued eye contact with adults, specifically males. It is viewed as a challenge of authority. For those from Japanese or Chinese cultures, it is important to understand that this culture develops relationships and trust first before "business" and ...

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A discussion regarding the challenges that happen when treating someone from a different culture, why it is important for a counselor to consider the client's culture when treating them, and why a mental health counselor should address the cultural issues present including the factors that are important to the client, how they impact the client's mindset and behavior and how involved the family may or may not be in the client's life. 533 words, 1 reference.

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