respond to TWO classmates!
1. One standard that is relevant to the video is C.4.a, Accurate Representation. In this scenario, the counselor should have clarified the misrepresentation made by that client, implying that the counselor was not capable of helping the client. Additionally, standard A.1.a, Primary Responsibility, requires the counselor to promote the client’s welfare, despite any differences in race, age, or ethnicity. This was not adequately shown in the video.
2. I believe this ethical issue is one that is salient in the field, especially with young, novice therapists. The concern with ageism, specifically, is that some clients believe a counselor can only be effective with years of experience and wisdom. Similarly, a client from a different cultural background as their counselor may feel that their counselor cannot relate to them. I am in agreement with the current standards of many programs, in regard to training our future clinicians through a multicultural lens, to benefit client treatment and outcomes.
3. My first suggestion is to have this counselor examine his own attitudes and beliefs about working with culturally diverse clients. It is important for clinicians to become self-aware of their own attitudes, so they can develop a greater degree of competence when working with others (Tomlinson-Clarke, 2013). My second suggestion is to have this counselor expand on their cultural knowledge through methods, such as receiving knowledge from their clients or going out and experiencing interactions with diverse populations first-hand.
4. At this point in my training, the way I would approach this type of situation is by expanding my cultural knowledge. I would actively listen to what the client had to say, and I would conduct my own research of cultural norms I was not familiar with. If a client implied I could not assist them because of our differences, I would kindly tell them that while I have not experienced what they have, I have experienced feelings of pain and loss; feelings that bring in many clients to therapy. I would also explain to them that I have gone through the proper training to work through these situations.
1. Ethics in multicultural counseling is an ever-changing enterprise. From the clip, the ethical issue includes the counseling relationship. The difference in the age of the counselor and the client and different culture brings out the concerns regarding their relationship and a source of tension. One of the standards relevant to the clip is that of the client welfare that is the responsibility of counselors to respect the dignity and in promoting the welfare of clients. The other standard is that of managing and maintaining boundaries and professional relationships no matter the age, gender or religion of the client (American Counseling Association, 2014). A counselor is responsible for maintaining a professional relationship with their clients to avoid misunderstandings or any other problems.
2. My stand on such an ethical issue is that it is essential for respect to exist between the client and the counselor. Also, by being immigrant myself, I can completely relate to this issue, and I am aware of how important is to understand of the client’s worldview and also the possibility of the counselor’s own bias and prejudice.
3. From Tomlinson’s article, one learns that it is essential to understand and share the worldview of clients through cognitive empathy instead of affective empathy. The limiting of knowledge from a profession could result in the reliance on stereotyped generalizations regarding racial-cultural groups that are responsible for increasing the likelihood of inappropriate decision-making. There is also the preparation based on cultural skills that provide one with effective counseling interventions that are maximized from continuous work to develop the different attributes of cultural competence (Tomlinson-Clarke, 2013).
4. As a counselor, my response would be to try not to react negatively if a client challenges my age, gender, or culture but rather be calm. Then I would try to help a client determine where he/she is in the relationship or the problems he/she is facing. Such a scenario should be more of a client talk with my minimal interruption where I would communicate acceptance, empathy, and positive regard.