Diversity issues in counselling practice

The person who does nothing has nothing and is nothing They may avoid suffering and sorrow but they Cannot learn, feel change, grow, love life. Over the years, a new element in the disputes over equal pay and opportunity is the transgender employee. Race relations have been much in the foreground recently, and it is well know that unemployment rates are higher for black people than white people, that considerable disparities exist in pay and working conditions and in selection decisions.

Underlying assumptions about a cultural group, personal stereotypes or racism, and traditional counseling approaches may all signal acquiescence to white culture. Ageism adds another dimension to all differences. RogersKurt Lewin Further, this site is using a privately owned and located server.

Additionally, somebody may wish to work with a therapist of a different gender, age or with another difference in order to gain a fresh perspective or address relational patterns in the therapeutic work.

Top 10 Diversity Issues at Work

So it becomes possible to examine how diversity impacts on the excellence — or otherwise - of our service to our employer and to our client groups. Seeing differently The link between internal diversity and external communities is now well established. The perception and tolerance of levels of harassment varies by organisation and industry sector and hierarchy Individual boundaries vary, and therefore what is acceptable banter in some circumstances to a certain individual, may be totally inappropriate behaviour to another.

She was however offered, and accepted, coaching with an executive mentor. Consistency Diversity training and practices are not just a course or exam that employees take.

Acceptance leads to respect, and ultimately opportunity. Bridging the gap between multiple generations of workers can sometimes become an issue for employers attempting to establish teamwork. The legal background The legal backdrop against which diversity is often placed is important in that it protects human beings and organisations.

Another counseling barrier is language.

Any suggestion that the family is not fulfilling that obligation can bring shame, added stress, and an increased reluctance to seek professional services.

Some of them revolve around their being perceived as victims, or principally wheelchair users, or children in need of help, of recipients of charity, of marginal participants in working or community life.

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Counselling of this nature requires the utmost sensitivity and total respect for confidentiality. This woman senior manager had indeed a passionate and spirited approach coming from an Italian backgroundand the prevailing culture in the organisation found it hard to accept her.

Equality and Diversity in Counselling

Do they treat people fairly though. It attempts to draw a link between diversity and counselling both by professional counsellors and those managers whose communication skills are facilitative and take their lead from counselling skills in the workplace.

Invisible difference includes values such as integrity and a way of life, and identity - also invisible - includes gay and lesbian and social class.

Risk To laugh is to risk appearing the fool To weep is to risk appearing sentimental To reach out for another is to risk involvement To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.

Sexuality Socio-economic Class This list is increasingly seen as limited in its scope, and not necessarily inclusive of all the ways in which difference manifests in 21st century Britain.

These behaviours are not always visible as evidenced by fresh light on the use of electronic mail as a vehicle for sexual harassment. This diversity creates three major difficulties for multicultural counseling: Now look around your workplace. Do they treat people fairly though. Because of the perceived management pressures and expectations, women can deny themselves the opportunity to ask for changes.

Managers who translate these principles into their leadership and motivational approach are known to inspire their teams and gain their increased respect and commitment. What gets in the way — unconscious bias Harassment, bullying, intimidation and victimisation are well known unacceptable behaviours, which now fall within the ambit of the law.

Respect In The Workplace The key component in achieving a favorably diversified workplace is establishing teamwork and mutual respect among staff members. Some differences are visible, for example physical characteristics, and others are emotional such as behaviour and style. Seeing differently The link between internal diversity and external communities is now well established.

Specialist services exist for clients with language needs, including bilingual therapists and counsellors who are able to use sign language to work directly with hearing-impaired clients.

Managers who translate these principles into their leadership and motivational approach are known to inspire their teams and gain their increased respect and commitment.

Acceptance of individual differences is essential in creating a copacetic and productive work environment. It gives people rights which are enforceable by law, and it imposes obligations on employers and their employees, which they ignore at their peril since the ceiling has been lifted on compensations awarded by tribunals.

This is an extremely important value for the counselling profession to uphold at all levels. Managers have been heard saying: The third group, with often visible differences but not necessarily so, are disabled people and recent legislation imposes new regulations on organisations, both for their staff and their customers.importance of looking at diversity as a whole, or in the context of a whole, may inadvertently exacerbate the very condition they are trying to ameliorate through their publicity.

In an effort to address the diversity of clients in the counselling environment, a number of models have been introduced to the counselling professional in an effort to provide adequate training in the areas of race, culture, ethnicity and other areas of diversity as key variables in understanding the representations of psychological distress in clients (Moodley, ).

In a society that embraces diversity and seeks to afford equality for all, theories of male and female identity development need revisiting. Older people make up a large proportion of the population and religious beliefs make headline news, but psychodynamic perspectives on.

Equality and Diversity in Counselling

In practice, working with diversity means to become aware of the diversity between ourselves, the people we work with, the organisation, and the communities. So it becomes possible to examine how diversity impacts on the excellence – or otherwise - of our service to our employer and to our client groups.

Diversity Counselling Theory and Practice: Aspects of Diversity In this handout and session we will: Explore and identify the wider context of diversity. Outline the cultural continuum of helping approaches Explore both dealing and working with diversity and some misconceptions and Barriers in this area.5/5(3).

Professional Counseling Digest ACAPCD Elements of Culturally Competent Counseling Courtland C. Lee, Ph.D. Culturally competent counseling practice should evolve Multicultural issues in counseling: New approaches to diversity (Third Edition).

Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

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