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Supervision With Asian Counseling Students Cross-Cultural Supervision Challenges
Denis’ A. Thomas
Limited knowledge about cross-cultural relationships along with personal and institutional discomfort contribute to misunderstandings and problems in Caucasian-Asian supervision dyads. Improving cross-cultural supervision needs to take place in three areas: at the program level, with the supervisor, and with the supervisee. Program improvements include diverse faculty with cultural knowledge, experiential cultural learning opportunities for students, mandatory multicultural courses, and mentoring programs. Supervisors need to exhibit flexibility in techniques and approaches and facilitate supervisee cultural awareness. Supervisees must demonstrate a willingness to develop their cultural identity and address self-growth issues. A discussion of each is included. Keywords: supervision, Asian, cross-cultural supervision