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Councelor Cultural Values and Beliefs

The competencies identified under “Counselor awareness of own cultural values and beliefs” (Sue, Arredondo, & McDavis, 1992; Arredondo et al., 1996) are designed to highlight the need for counselors to understand their cultural history, their biases and stereotypes, and their cultural identity.

As with each of the competency areas, the counselor is encouraged to examine her or his attitudes and beliefs, knowledge, and skills. Examples of each area are included below:

Attitudes and Beliefs about:
Own cultural background, limits of expertise, comfort with cultural differences

Knowledge of:
Own cultural background and definitions of wellness, influence of oppression and privilege on their work.

Skills to:
Seek experiences to increase competence and self awareness.



Be sure to read the full text of the Multicultural Counseling Competencies before developing your cultural competence plan.

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