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Repositioning cross-cultural counseling in a multicultural society.

Author: Yan, M. C.; Lam, C. M.
Author Background: Social Work Dept., The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, N.T., Hong Kong; chingmanlam@cuhk.edu.hk
Date 10/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: International Social Work
Volume/Pages 43(4)
Subject Matter Cross-cultural-differences; Counseling
Abstract This article examines the nature and limits of the existing cross-cultural counseling discourses in order to search for a more culturally sensitive cross-cultural counseling approach. The authors pinpoint the inherent cultural deficiencies of the existing modification-based cross-cultural counseling approaches and advocate that the cross-cultural counseling process should be an inter-subjective interaction between the counselors and counselees, both of whom are products of their own culture. Cross-cultural counseling therefore should be seen as contextualized cultural activity that requires the open-mindedness and sensitivity of the practitioners to the cultural influence of both their clients and themselves. (Journal abstract.)