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Guidelines for Counseling American Indians

Select and identify one specific cultural population that you may work with but that you currently have less competence in working with.

Cherokee Indian

If you were asked to draft guidelines for working with this population, discuss two or three guidelines that you would consider important to include.

These guidelines should be derived from the scholarly literature.

Based on the ethical principles and codes, provide a rationale for each of your recommendations and discuss how you would apply them to your professional work within your specialization.


Ford, G. (2006). Ethical reasoning for mental health professional. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

With All My Relations: Counseling American Indians and Alaska Natives Within a Familial Context
by Harper, Faith G
The Family Journal, ISSN 1066-4807, 10/2011, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp. 434 - 442
Statistics show that two thirds of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIs/ANs) live outside of tribal areas, and 50... Acculturation, Counseling services, Minority & ethnic groups, Family counseling, Eurocentric counseling theories

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Welcome warmly to BM! Kindly rate 5/5 for my reactions and ideas to formulate your own guidelines.

As you briefly express two or three guidelines that you would consider important to include when working with this special population, I extracted from the research that a vital standard is to remember in a counseling context is that American Indians see themselves a direct extension of their tribes. As a result, based on this ethical principle and code, my rationale for this recommendation and how I would apply this premise to my professional work within my specialization would be to proactively read as much as I could and research about the tribe before meeting the client. I would ensure that my questions and advice would not counter tribal ideologies, customs, norms, beliefs, in order to show ...

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500 words of ideas are encompassed to express two or three guidelines to include when working with this special population.