VISTAS Multicultural Issues in Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Seven Common Issues Faced by Families Entering a New Culture, With Appropriate Counseling Techniques

Russell Fulmer


Many contemporary counselors see a multicultural clientele (Sue & Sue, 2007). The competent multicultural counselor is equipped with awareness, knowledge, and skills of sufficient quality to effectively assist a diverse client base (Lee, Blando, Mizelle, & Orozco, 2007). With aspirations of building counselors’ knowledge bases, seven issues faced by families new to a culture are presented in this paper. Additionally, for skill development, a counseling technique is presented after each issue. Important to note is that the listing of seven issues is not comprehensive, nor are the seven mentioned necessarily the most important. It is important to note that each family is unique. Families may encounter issues concerning legalities, language, acculturation, and religion, in addition to the seven presented in this paper. Establishing rapport with clients and using the mentioned techniques only in accordance with the specifics of each case and the counselor’s clinical judgment are strongly recommended.

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