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Cultural Worldview and Diagnosis

If a counselor's cultural worldview is that everyone is equal, how might this thinking affect his or her assessment and diagnosis of a client's situation? In addition, please help to explain how assumptions based solely on culture could adversely influence the client and the counseling relationship.

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(1) If a counselor's cultural worldview is that everyone is equal, how might this thinking affect his or her assessment and diagnosis of a client's situation?

The cultural diversity among families and/or groups alerts the competent counselor to the need for a culturally- sensitive practice. The value of being multicultural competent entails developing an awareness of the client with whom you are counseling. That awareness include having multicultural skills when working with diverse populations. (Sue, Arredondo, & McDavies 1992). For example, the counselor should understand the impact of culture on the family, and the differences among individuals and families from similar racial and ethnic backgrounds. For instance, in recognizing the diversity that exists among families and groups, the competent counselor will recognize that all are not treated equally. Some clients have experienced discrimination and oppression that could affect their thoughts and behavior. In addition, different cultures bring their own ideals, cultural and value system when they migrate to the United States from eastern countries (U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1988 as cited in Franklin, 2002).

On this basis, counselors need to develop the cultural competency to counsel effectively by using world views that are different from their own western thought. For instance, according to Foster & Martinez (1995), African American youth differ when compared to European youth, because of environmental influences that can be linked to delinquency patterns. Thus, when attempting to understand the delinquent ...

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This solution discusses cultural worldview and diagnoses within the counseling process.

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