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Counseling Strategies and Techniques to Sensitize School Counselors to the Life Experiences of Culturally Different Students
Kan V. Chandras, David A. DeLambo, and Sunil V. Chandras
Attention to multiculturalism and diversity in schools has been growing and is reflected in the rapidly changing demographics of the United States (Chang, 2000; Chang, 2002; Hurtado, Milem, Clayton-Pedersen, & Allen, 1998; Keller, 2001; U. S. Census Bureau, 2002). Multicultural counselors who show an appreciation for the life experiences of culturally different students are generally successful in building a positive helping relationship with their students (Diller & Moule, 2005). It is important for counselors to develop multicultural counseling skills and techniques to assist their students. Counselors who are not trained in multicultural intervention skills may underestimate the influence of a student=s cultural background. Thus, they may plan inappropriate counseling intervention strategies. The experiences of culturally different students are different from that of the majority students. The culturally different students, therefore, may be more likely to feel a sense of alienation, conflict, resistance, oppression, and low satisfaction with their education (Hurtado et al., 1998).