I found an interesting read in the article written below about Cultural Diversity and Successful Counseling By Jewell Hankins.
Immigrants of today seem to differ from past generations in that they seek to retain many of their cultural values and are less interested in becoming homogenized within the U.S. culture. (Rubaii-Barrett & Back, 1993) This distinctness can create a potentially complex situation for both the client and therapist who may differ substantially in their own cultural values. For successful therapy to take place, it is important for therapists to be culturally sensitive of clients and avoid stereotyping. Stereotyping is detrimental to the client/therapist relationship involving certain religions, or pertain to specific races, ages, or genders, and still others can relate to non-verbal cultural gestures that may mean different things to different cultures. Although therapists cannot possibly be experts on all cultures and their specific customs, it is important for therapists to recognize potential biases that cultural differences can create in the assessment process. (Ayonrinde, 2003)
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