Reflection Paper On Multicultural Issues

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Reflection Paper #2 – Multicultural Issues
Multicultural issues and a sound multicultural practice are essential as a counselor. Ethically a counselor must be open to multiculturalism and open to further education to expand on the knowledge of diverse clients. Ultimately, the world, regions, states, counties, towns, and cities all have culture of some sort that is different from our own. I intend on furthering education to heighten awareness of different cultures than my own and reduce the adherence to tunnel vision.
Multicultural Ethical Practice
Cultural tunnel vision is the “perception of reality based on a very limited set of cultural experiences” (Corey, Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2015 p. 109). As a counselor are you aware of multiculturalism to avoid cultural tunnel vision? This is the question that I consider the most significant question regarding the aspects of multicultural practice. Cultural tunnel vision can be a hindrance to the counseling practice and cause the therapeutic relationship to be tainted due to the counselor’s inability to see culture outside of their own. For example, a client might refer that he or she is being preyed upon because of his or her race. If the counselor responds “I don’t see color and it shouldn’t be an issue in the counseling session”, this is an example of cultural tunnel vision and color blindness. Color blindness, according to the text, is a racial micro aggression that minimized the client (Corey, Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2015). By dismissing the fact that the client is expressing that his race and culture is of importance, the counselor has set a tone in the relationship that may hinder progress.
When I read the section on color blindness, I realized that I have actually stated those words before in conversation with others when discussing color and race. Ultimately, I perceived that I was stating that I am not racist or discriminatory. The text proved that I was not being sensitive to the person I was discussing and dismissing the culture as a whole. White privilege is a difficult topic to discuss and let alone admit. After reevaluating my attitudes, I realized that, even though I consider myself sensitive to others that I do have white privilege and in
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