Cultural Differences In Supervisory Practice

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Cary and Marques (2007) study states, supervisors are not properly trained to provide cross-cultural training to their supervisees and there are not enough multicultural conversations during supervision time (p. 142). In a relationship of two people, supervisor and supervisee, both people “bring their cultural assumptions, values, beliefs, and behaviors to the interaction” (Cary and Marques, 2007, p. 144). Cary and Marques research found there is a need to train supervisors in cultural competence and how to incorporate it in their work. They found there were six objectives supervisors need to learn: (1) how assumptions, biases, and stereotypes affect supervisory practice; (2) how power, authority, trust, and shared meaning influence the…show more content…
“The failure to acknowledge or address religious and spiritual issues in the training environment could result in an atmosphere that feels unsafe or invalidating for students with strong religious or spiritual identities” (Berkel, Constantine and Olson, 2007, p. 6). Students reported using spirituality in therapy with clients to help their client improve and use spiritual language in sessions. According to Berkel, Constantine and Olson (2007), clinical supervisors need to develop competence in religious and spiritual issues. Supervisors can accomplish this by becoming aware of their own spiritual and religious values and beliefs, seek continuing education to increase spiritual and religious skills, education and awareness, address the potential influence of spirituality and religion on the counseling relationship, utilize community resources, “need for support, cultural relevance and exposure”, and promote and start religious and spiritual discussions (p. 8-12). Cultural competence in supervision needs to include spirituality and religion to better serve clients and be able to address any issues during sessions about spirituality or
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