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counseling & cultural issues for homework assignment
February 1, 2001
11:48 am
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DawnW.
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I am doing a research paper for my ehtics class. It is on counselor's who practice beyond their scope of practice in regards to cultural issues. Does anyone know of any leads where this may have happened. Counselors who should not have conseled due to lack of experience or prejudice.Positive or negative. Any help would be great

February 1, 2001
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Great topic, I just recently got into a debat with a co-worker about this. The new push is for not only to be bi-lingual but bi-cultural. Our auditor was asking our supervising counselor if there was any bi-cultural counselor's and got into an argument about the need. He as a friend approached me on the subject looking for support. He is white, and so am I.The auditor, a minority of Asian decent. I however have been in a second marriage with a hispanic male. Thus although he is second generation born in America, trust me I discovered through the years there is a difference in culture.
I being raised basically WASP, with out prejiduice, pardon my spelling, didn't comprehend discrimination, or opportunity differences, far less the different roles for men and women in the two cultures. When my friend approached me for his support, he has known me for years and the turmoil in my marriage, I said what do you think the underlying source of our conflict was. I work with a predominately Hispanic population,and the women have such a struggle, and I get it. I doubt if I had not had the opportunity to live bi-culturally, if I would have been able to comprehend their circumstances, and why they are as passive, uneducated, unmotivated, or as accepting, family oriented, yada yada yada. He still didn't get it and I said that was because he was white married to a white person, and for the most part, had very little insight into other cultures. I obtained lots of clarity with a book called The Maria Syndrome. Related lots, and couldn't figure out some things until I had read the book. I don't care what the culture is, in fact a friend of mine is Persian, and very similar circumstances, and the pressures on her because she is the youngest female. The shame in her being 30 and not married. Looking at domestic abuse, and tracing it to cultural differences I think might be a good place to start. I guess to referance to your question, my friend is always telling his female clients to leave their spouse, due to abuse, drugs, incarceration, sexual infidelity, even living apart, yet still the connection due to marriage, or fathering a child out of wedlock. I have never seen such unconditional love, and acceptance, yet he tells them to not accept this type of behavior or tries to instill his value system in their life, with out success. The women fail in the counselors eyes, and return to depression, drugs, violence. We are our parents, period, and this melting pot of a society trying to merge into one I think is a part of the problem, it looks so easy from the out side.

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