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    Compare the generic characteristics of counseling with respect to culture, class, and language, with Native American characteristics in terms of culture, class, and language.

    - Which characteristics most closely reflect your culture, class, and language? (African American)

    - Consider the types of mental health concerns you may be likely to encounter in counseling a Native American client, couple, family, or group (for example, the impact of educational disparities on career development). Address the following:

    - How would your approach reflect your understanding of your own characteristics and those of your client or clients?

    - How would the impact of historical and current oppression be important to your work?

    - Discuss the implications of the client's characteristics and concerns on your counseling and advocacy strategies in terms of problem assessment, goal setting, and interventions that take into account individual, couple, family, and tribal considerations.

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    A counselor working with various cultures should be skilled in cultural self-awareness and sensitive to their own culture as well as the culture of others. They are aware of how culture and experiences influence a person's values, attitudes, thoughts, and biases about psychological processes. They recognize when there is discomfort when working with clients of a different race, ethnicity, and culture, as well as recognize that they may be limited in their expertise of multicultural competency, and seek training or education, seek consultation from other professionals, refer to a more qualified individual, or use a combination of the resources to help their client. They work to increase their knowledge and understanding of the various cultures and continually educate themselves on learning more about these cultures ...

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    Discusses the characteristics of counseling Native American, in regards to culture, class, and language.