Please help me with coming up with one implication of the complexity of identity (their culture) as it relates to working with culturally diverse clients. How might one integrate this information about a client's identity onto the counseling process? In addition how can a counselor ensures that their approach is respectful to the client's identity, therefore facilitating a positive counseling relationship?
(1) Please help me with coming up with one implication of the complexity of identity (their culture) as it relates to working with culturally diverse clients.
This complexity of one's identity occurs as cultural groups apply different meanings to identity markers such as communication and language. Research indicates that a major challenge for people from different ethnic groups have been views that imply their identity does not matter, because views presented to them are done within identities that do not reflect their cultural, social and ethnic background. Brown (2008) defines identity as an "Enduring phenomenon that eventually comes to transcend social location, to represent how the person knows him or herself to be, and to reflect the core values of the individual" (p.49).
For example, many individuals with a different cultural worldview speak other languages and hold very different cultural beliefs; however, their children are often taught curriculum that is based primarily on white Western European culture (Congress & Lyons, 1992). Similarly, according to Congress and Lyons, in both mental and physical health care facilities, Western medical concepts of health, diagnosis, and treatment prevail, while culturally diverse health beliefs, such as spiritualism, herbal treatment, and acupuncture, are often devalued (Congress & Lyons, ...
This solution discusses culture and identity from the perspective of diversity within the counseling relationship