Title

Multicultural Counseling Competence

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling

DOI

10.4135/9781483369532.n334

Abstract

Multicultural counseling competence refers to the ability of counselors to acknowledge the presence of their own diverse backgrounds, attitudes, and values in conjunction with the diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and attitudes clients bring to counseling sessions. Multicultural counseling competence is a specific term that encompasses the various considerations counselors take into account in order to serve clients in an ethically responsible way that embraces their differences. Becoming a multiculturally competent counselor is a multiphasic and ongoing process for which a set of guidelines has been set forth. This entry briefly introduces multicultural counseling, multicultural counseling competencies, cultural differences, and the multicultural counseling process.

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