The Case of Harper, Courageous Cultural Conversations in the Counseling Room: Overcoming Complacency With Competence and Confidence

Noreal Armstrong (Montreat College, USA) and Megan Clunan (Montreat College, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 191
EISBN13: 9781799820000|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0022-4.ch009
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The authors will utilize the case of Harper to delineate how to counsel clients to remain true to one's personal identity, while still developing a culturally competent identity in empathetic relationship with others. Harper is coming to counseling because she is facing a move from her homogeneous cultural community in Western North Carolina to the diversity of Washington, DC. Harper states she is fearful and anxious about (1) having to set her values aside, (2) being offensive because she lacks awareness of other cultures, and (3) the unknown of what living around different religions, ethnicities, and cultures may entail. The authors will explore practical ways in which the MSJCC can be implemented in the clinical setting for the sake of counseling clients toward cultural competency. Counselors will examine the importance of counselor self-awareness, regarding marginalization and privilege, within the therapeutic relationship. The authors will provide examples of experiential, solutions focused, and group therapy interventions to help clients move toward cultural competency.
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