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Cultural Competence

Give an explanation of what it means to be culturally competent, as well as your thoughts about the importance of becoming culturally competent as a counselor/therapist. Also, address the level of training you believe is needed to become culturally competent.

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(1) Give an explanation of what it means to be culturally competent, as well as your thoughts about the importance of becoming culturally competent as a counselor/therapist.

Multicultural cultural competency introduced by Sue, Arredondo, & McDavies (1992) is focused on trying to assess how one feels about issues of diversity. Thus to be culturally aware suggests taking interest in the growing, diverse society in which we live. Differences that can affect individuals in counseling include a number of factors: (a) race, (b) class, (c) gender, and (d) sexual orientation. The practitioner should be very knowledgeable about diversity in practice in order to provide effective counseling. For instance, the significance of cultural competency in the practice of mental health counseling is based on having an understanding concerning ...

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This solution describes what it means to be culturally competent.

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