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The Benefits and Challenges of Becoming Cross-Culturally Competent Counseling Psychologists: Presidential Address

Heppner, P. Paul

The Counseling Psychologist, January 2006, Vol.34(1), pp.147-172 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Benefits and Challenges of Becoming Cross-Culturally Competent Counseling Psychologists: Presidential Address
  • Author/Creator: Heppner, P. Paul
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Psychology
  • Is Part Of: The Counseling Psychologist, January 2006, Vol.34(1), pp.147-172
  • Description: The central thesis of this article is that focusing on cross-cultural competence will enhance both the science and the practice of counseling psychology. Developing cross-cultural competence is a lifelong journey, replete with many joys and challenges, that will (a) increase the sophistication of our research, (b) expand the utility and generalizability of the knowledge bases in counseling psychology, (c) promote a deeper realization that counseling occurs in a cultural context, and (d) increase not only counseling effectiveness but also the profession’s ability to address diverse mental health needs across different populations around the globe. In the future, (a) counseling psychologists will be expected to have an array of cross-cultural competencies, which emphasizes the need to systematically train students to acquire such competencies, and (b) counseling psychology will no longer be defined as counseling psychology within the United States, but rather, the parameters of counseling psychology will cross many countries and many cultures.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0011-0000 ; E-ISSN: 1552-3861 ; DOI: 10.1177/0011000005282832