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Counseling Roma Americans: Cultural and Practical Implications for Counselors
Bronwyn Hockersmith and John Arman
Many papers and books have been written detailing the essential components of working with various cultural groups. However, limited (and dated) research has been performed on understanding the Romani culture. Through media, the presence of the Roma American culture has become more prominent; therefore, it is important for counselors to develop cultural competence when working with Romani students and families. This paper seeks to introduce the Romani culture to the counseling field and address the implications for counseling such individuals and their families.