EP09 Workshop 24 – Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy (MCT) – Derald Wing Sue, PhD
What is multicultural counseling/therapy? How applicable are our standards of clinical practice for racial/ethnic minority populations? Are there differences in therapy between white and clients of color? This workshop will present the theory,practice and assumptions of MCT via lecturettes, case vignettes and brief video samples. Culture specific and culture universal approaches will be presented.
EP13 Topical Panel 13 - Multicultural Issues - Robert Dilts, Derald Wing Sue, PhD, and Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Moderator: Annellen Simpkins, PhD
Compare and contrast clinical and philosophical perspective of experts.
EP17 Speech 01 - Applying Multicultural Frameworks for Inclusive Psychotherapy Practices - Patricia Arredondo, EdD
The application of culturally-informed practices taking into account socio-cultural and historical contexts and intersecting identity factors is essential to ethical practice. In this presentation cultural-centered frameworks are reviewed as tools to recognize unconscious biases and to enhance respectful and inclusive engagements with individuals, groups, and communities. This presentation is informed by the APA Multicultural Guidelines and the Multicultural Counseling Competencies (Sue, Arredondo & McDavis, 1992). Examples from clinical and organizational practice will be introduced.
EP17 Speech 04 - Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Manifestation Dynamics and Impact - Derald Wing Sue, PhD
Racial, gender, and LGBTQ micro aggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights to targets. They are often reflections of implicit bias that are outside the level of conscious awareness of well-intentioned individuals. Nevertheless, they have been found to cause lowered subjective well-being in the lives of marginalized group members and may lead to mental health problems. Research indicates that clinicians and supervisors are often perpetrators of micro aggressions.
EP17 Topical Panel 02 - Multicultural Issues - Robert Dilts, BA, Esther Perel, MA, LMFT and Derald Wing Sue, PhD
All therapists require an understanding of multicultural issues to be effective. Theoretical research findings will be discussed.
Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward People of Color. Mental health professionals are often unaware that they have engaged in such communications when they interact with racial/ethnic minority clients. Almost all interracial encounters are prone to microaggressions; I use the White counselor - client of color clinical dyad to illustrate how they impair development of a therapeutic alliance. Suggestions regarding education and training and research in the helping professions are discussed.
Traditional Western European therapy operates from hidden assumptions: (a) disorders reside in individuals, (b) disorders are departures from conventional (statistical) norms, (c) psychological principles derived from the dominant group are universally applicable, and (d) therapy consists of a series of strategies and techniques detached from the cultural context. When imposed upon clients of color, however, they potentially produce therapeutic harm.
Cultural factors are present in all therapeutic relationships. Engaging the totality of individual clients by addressing their intersecting identities can promote self-affirmation and clarity about internalized oppression. The cultural competency paradigm and the Dimensions of Personal Identity model will serve as the primary reference points.