Helping professionals, counselors, therapists, social workers, paraprofessionals, and other professionals, have an ethical responsibility to serve diverse communities in an efficient and effective way. Achieving competencies for working with minoritized groups goes beyond learning about the generalized differences and calls on helping professionals to assess and modify service delivery to the needs of those they are serving. The continuous self-examination of helping professional’s own cultural factors can be arduous yet necessary for improving outcomes and building client resiliency. The intersection of awareness of others and self within a working relationship can be profoundly beneficial when navigating complex client issues. Helping professionals reflexivity of cultural factors in-and-out of sessions can assist with broadening therapeutic perspectives for better understanding the effects on client’s lives. This session aims to build awareness, knowledge, and enhance skills by engaging participants in an interactive reflexive experience.
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