This presentation will focus on how to engage clients' cultural symbols, use cultural shields/filters and clients' spiritual concerns when being exposed to cultural oppression. Also, the presentation will discuss how to go beyond a superficial level of awareness when working with clients of diverse backgrounds, define basic terms related to cultural competence, discuss microaggressions, identify strategies that open or close conversations about diversity, illustrate cultural filters & shields as tools to connect with clients who live with cultural oppression and how to focus clients on their true desires/aspirations and gratitude for an empowered living. The significance of cultural humility on the part of the counselor will enrich the discussion on active listening (Shaw, 2016). Presentation will illustrate ways of mitigating these forces when working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Working with clients’ cultural strengths will be showcased as an empowering counseling strategy (Rodriguez & Quijada, 2018; Timmins, 2002).References: 1) Rodriguez, M.del C., & Quijada, C. Latinos in counseling: cultural and spiritual beliefs/barriers-the road less traveled. ACA 2018 National Conference. Atlanta, GA: April 29. 2) Timmins, C. L. (2002). The impact of language barriers on the health care of Latinos in the United States: A review of the literature and guidelines for practice. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 47, 80-96. 3) Shaw, S. (2016). Practicing cultural humility. Counseling Today, Dec 27.
Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Kean University, United States
Gina M. Miro, Kean University, United States