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When we talk about diversity, there are a multitude of characteristics we are talking about. There are biases, assumptions, oppression, and inequities that may impact the career development process for our clients. Can you select two different subcultures, and state how you will serve each population effectively when providing career counseling. One population needs to address people with disabilities and the other population can be your choice. For example, you can select people with disabilities and Native Americans.

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(1) Can you select two different subcultures?

Research points to the many problems, biases, assumptions and inequities that impact the career development process for persons with disabilities. Individuals are stated to be at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety as a result of a disability. At least 50% take psychotropic medications, and there is a need for competence and experiences for counselors working with persons who have disabilities. For example, individuals with disabilities are often required to function both mentally and physically within socially-constructed identities. According to Hansen and Trenhaile, n. d.), many counselors feel uncomfortable to work with clients who have disabilities. Others feel that they don't have the cognitive ability, and need to approach therapy differently.

Crisp (2002) emphasizes that derogatory statements regarding the impairment of persons with disabilities, the social construction of their disability (s); and how they are perceived can become barriers to their career exploration. In addition, it can add to their feelings of helplessness by generating stress. The experience of disability is related to variables such as biases and assumptions based on: (a) gender, (b) employment status, (c) age, and (d) ethnicity which are embedded in social contexts. In addition, social conditions can contribute to a person's experience and ...

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This solution address counseling issues concerning persons with disabilities, and counseling with Native Americans.

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There are obviously several directions in which the interview could go. You cannot talk about everything at once. Can you list those several directions here. To which one(s) would you selectively attend ? What are your thoughts? Thank you.

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