Title

Multicultural Training Applied in Clinical Practice: Reflections From a Euro-American Female Counselor-in-Training Working With Mexican Immigrants

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

The clinical experience of a Euro-American female counselor-in-training providing bilingual family therapy services to Mexican immigrants is described. Cultural themes encountered when applying academic discourse to clinical work are raised in the context of case studies in which the student therapist works from a postmodern client-as-expert therapeutic stance. Strategies and techniques that helped the student counselor adapt Eurocentric counseling theories and processes into culturally congruent interventions with Mexican immigrant clients are detailed. In an effort to increase discussion regarding the implementation of culturally responsive counseling skills, implications for training based on this cross-cultural internship experience are discussed.