July 11, 2022
“Counseling In a Multicultural Society”
Multicultural counseling describes one particular type of counseling practice, that signifies how one’s cultural diversity may influence and convince one’s mental health. This counseling tells us how people come from different backgrounds, cultures, races and mentalities which is an important part for psychologists to deal with patients and to understand their mental requirements.
Many studies have also demonstrated that African Americans are less likely than white Americans to seek mental health services, even when they believe that such services are effective. Further research has found that low-income Americans have less access to mental health services than those who live in high-income households.
There are many potential reasons that these disparities may exist, and affordability and access receive much of the discourse around the subjects. But mental health professionals should seek to understand the cultural issues which also play a role in making someone more or less likely to seek counseling.
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According to - Duff and Bedi, 2010
The gap between counselor and client regarding the value and belief is a crucial issue which counselor should be aware that he or she gains power over the client since the client is a person who needs assistance and support.
Dealing with multicultural counseling is not easy for any counselor, as they need to have a deep sense of cultural awareness to understand the contribution of cultures to the mindset of an individual. This understanding will help a counselor to make a good bond with their patients along with empathy they can give to them.
During the treatment a counselor must focus on making justice to society despite understanding different cultures.
There must be equal opportunity for all groups of society.
There must be a cultural education plan
Afterall, the relationship between client and counselor plays a vital role while treatment determines counseling outcomes.