Title

Client Perspectives of Multicultural Counselling Competence: A Qualitative Examination

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-2002

Abstract

Multicultural competence is a burgeoning area of research in counseling psychology. However, there has been little focus on understanding multicultural competence from the perspective of clients. This study used qualitative interviews and grounded theory to develop a model of clients’ perspectives of multicultural counseling. The resulting model suggested that clients’ experiences of multicultural counseling were contingent on their self-identified needs and on how well they felt the counselor met these needs. Moreover, clients appeared to actively manage and moderate the extent to which culture was broached in counseling based on a host of conditions including counseling relationship, salience of identity, counselor behavior, and expectations of counseling, to name a few. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Keywords

Competencies, counseling, multicultural counseling

Discipline

International Business | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Counseling Psychologist

Volume

30

Issue

3

First Page

355

Last Page

393

ISSN

0011-0000

Identifier

10.1177/0011000002303001

Publisher

SAGE