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Exploration of the Impact of the Counselor's Cultural and Diversity Background on Stress Coping
Pamela K. S. Patrick
Counselor stress response styles may differ in the context of exposure to client traumatic experiences as well as in response to the personal experience of assisting at trauma-infused disaster events. The role of the counselor’s cultural background or diversity status may, therefore, also influence how the counselor copes with burnout, compassion fatigue or vicarious traumatization (Wee & Myers, 2002). Given the breadth and variance of definitions of “culture”, “ethnicity”, “culture/ethnic identity” as well as “diversity” (Trimble & Dickson, 2005), no attempt is made in this presentation to construct an all-inclusive framework within which counselor stress coping is considered. Rather, the emphasis of this review is to consider how and why the counselor’s cultural or diversity background may impact how the counselor responds to intense stress response inducing counseling activities.