Canada is a nation steeped in multiculturalism, from our earliest historical roots to our current social context. What it means to be Canadian, what it means to be a psychologist or counselor in Canada, and what it means to practice in an ethical and competent manner, cannot be separated from an examination of culture. We are our cultures, personally and professionally.
Whatever the context of your practice, you will encounter clients who differ from you in worldview and cultural background. How prepared are you to respond effectively to differences across ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, socioeconomic status, and other aspects of cultural identity that impact how people view you, view themselves, and view the world around them?
Culture-Infused Counselling provides a comprehensive foundation for building self-awareness, self-confidence, and professional competency. It will expand your awareness of cultural issues in Canada and enhance your theoretical and practical frameworks. You will be challenged to address the community, organizational, social, and political systems that impact client wellness and to engage in social justice action.Psychologists, counselors, social workers, educators, and other social service professionals are invited to join us in the pursuit of equity, respect, and social justice for all members of Canadian society.
Culture-Infused Counselling offers a theoretical framework and practical guide for understanding our own personal culture, for increasing awareness of the culture of our clients, and for infusing culture into all aspects of our professional practice. We focus on the development of multicultural competence by responding to the following key questions:
- What is culture?
- What are the impacts of culture on interpersonal communication and the development of an effective working alliance with clients?
- How does culture affect understandings of healthy development and of personal, interpersonal, and systemic problems?
- How do cultural differences affect the goals of counselling and the change process?
- What does it mean for a practitioner to be multiculturally competent?
- What specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills do you need to work effectively with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds?
- How is multicultural counselling strengthened through social justice in professional practice?
- What is the role of social justice in professional practice?
- How is change effected at the systems level?
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