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Do Western Therapeutic Techniques Apply to All Cultures?

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Cross-cultural relevance and effectiveness in therapeutic techniques are discussed. We address the questions: Do "proven therapeutic techniques," which are based primarily on Western industrialized society, apply to all cultures? Is research into the effectiveness of various models often conducted on subjects who are not American, European, or Canadian?

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Counselling techniques and their effectiveness may vary in different cultures as some cultures incorporate a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective as oppose to our western culture that does not include a spiritual component. Forgiveness and reconciliations therapies is an example of this difference. In Africa, forgiveness and reconciliation therapy is effective in working with PTSD patients.

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Cross cultural psychology- therapeutic techniques

1)The field of cross cultural research in psychology is an area that "explicitly and systematically compares psychological variable under different cultural conditions in order to specify the antecedents and processes that mediate behavior differences (Berry, Poortinga, Segall, and Dasen, 2002)". This is an emerging field as past research used Western nations as subjects who ...

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