Attendees will engage with a panel of experts who represent diverse roles and ideologies in professional counseling. Discussion will focus on experiences of resilience and examples of micro, mezzo, and macro levels of aggression to show the breadth of complexity of multicultural work. Panelists will address questions from attendees and discuss ethical guidelines and strategies for using our counseling skills to navigate these difficult dialogues and ensure cultural responsiveness of counseling professionals.
Given the cultural diversity of the United States and beyond, it is imperative and ethically responsible for professional counselors to be culturally responsive to the needs of their clients, supervisees, and peers (ACA, 2014). Nevertheless, decades after the development of ACA’s Multicultural Counseling Competencies (Sue, Arredondo, & McDavis, 1992) and the more recent ACA Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (Ratts et al., 2015), many counseling professionals still fall short of having the necessary knowledge, awareness, and skills to be culturally competent. This interactive session will include an introduction to the work of the ACA Cultural Encounters Task Force and an opportunity to interact with a panel of counseling experts from varying cultural backgrounds and experiences. The panel will address ethical implications (i.e., ACA Code of Ethics, especially the preamble and A.4.a., A.4.b) for culturally responsive counseling as well as topics and theories related to privilege, marginalization, oppression, and social justice. In addition, panel members will share personal stories of resilience and examples of micro, mezzo, and macro levels of aggression in counseling settings as well as eliciting experiences of attendees. The panel discussion will end with a summary of panelists’ vision of the types of tools and methods of training (e.g., in-service and pre-service) needed to ensure cultural responsiveness of counseling professionals in their work with peers, clients, students, staff, and members of their local communities.
Learn about the mission of the ACA Cultural Encounters Taskforce
Identify common culturally-based “difficult dialogues” that counselors experience in their work with peers, clients, supervisees, students, staff, and members of their community.
Identify strategies for addressing difficult dialogues with individuals who hold a diverse spectrum of beliefs (religious, political, etc.) incorporating ethical and competency standards.
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator,
Montclair State University