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Model Of Cultural Competence

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“Cultural competence” can been defined as the process by which individuals respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, disabilities, religions, genders, and sexual orientation (State of Oregon, DHS – Diversity Development Coordinating Council, n.d.). To be “culturally competent” requires more than having knowledge of certain cultural groups. It is the ability to:
• Understand cultural differences,
• Recognize one’s own potential biases, and
• Transcend differences to work productively with people whose cultural context is different from one’s own (State of Oregon, DHS – Diversity Development Coordinating Council, n.d.).
If the school counselor does not understand a certain
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