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Cultural Awareness in Counseling

What is the importance of cultural awareness and cultural competency to the practice of mental health counseling?

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*What is the importance of cultural awareness and cultural competency to the practice of mental health counseling?

Multicultural awareness and competence emerged from a growing concern that the values, attitude and beliefs of cultural diverse clients in service professions were not receiving attention in the literature or in practices. Many professionals including those in the discipline of psychology soon recognized the importance of multicultural competence. As an operational definition, multicultural awareness can be described as the recognition that we live and operate in a cultural diverse society. Thus, the need exists to embrace the cultural beliefs, practices, and values of clients and/or patients who have diverse backgrounds. In ...

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This solution discusses the importance of having cultural awareness in counseling.

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