The White family (consisting of wife, husband, four children, and the wife's parents) has been involved in family therapy for several months. During one of the sessions, Naomi (the wife) expresses the desire to return to her career as an athletic coach. This wish causes tremendous resistance on the part of every member of her family. Her husband says that he wants her to continue to be involved in his professional life and that, although he admires her ambitions, he simply feels that it would put too much strain on the entire family if they were both to work outside of the home. Naomi's parents are shocked by their daughter's desire, viewing it as selfish, and they urge her to put the family's welfare first. The children express their desires for a full-time mother. Naomi feels great pressure from all sides, yet she seems committed to following through with her professional plans. She is aware of the sacrifices that would be associated with her going back to work, but she is asking for everyone in the family to make adjustments so she can fulfill her professional dreams. She is convinced that her plans would not be detrimental to the family's welfare. The therapist shows an obvious bias by giving no attention or support to Naomi's desires and by not asking the family to consider making any basic adjustments.
Do you think this therapist is guilty of furthering gender-role stereotypes?
The cultural competency of a counselor indicates the ability to work efficiently with the cross-cultural population. Just because someone knows a lot of different cultures does not mean they will be good at dealing with people from different cultures, that is, counselors, irrespective of their unique cultural learning and experiences, should be self-conscious and mindful of issues of diversity that may surface in a group. Discussion with the group members about their religion, race, or ethnicity might help the counselor become aware of their cultural background.
Counselor J works as a school counselor in a school with a cross-cultural background. To complete their study in counseling, Counselor J had to struggle and overcome various obstacles. While working with high-risk adolescents, Counselor J defines the problem and the goals that are common for every person in the group and fails to consider an ethical view to understand the needs and requirements of the group members.
Counselor J is not a culturally competent counselor because of the following reasons:
Counselor J's behavior and approach toward the students in the group indicate that Counselor J lacks skills and the training required to become a culturally competent counselor: