Realms of culture: Therapists' perspectives on self and others

Lopez-Bernstein, Esther (1997) Realms of culture: Therapists' perspectives on self and others. Doctoral thesis, Syracuse University.

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This dissertation is the result of a qualitative study. It reflects how doctoral therapists in training at a Northeastern private university undergo their process of cultural self-awareness. Cultural self-awareness is one of the multicultural counseling competencies therapists' ethical standards mandate. It is clear all therapists benefit from cultural self awareness. However, it is difficult to teach, existing studies about therapists' cultural self-awareness are quantitative studies. These studies use self-reporting measures and as such do not explore the process of cultural self-awareness. The purpose of this study was to examine the process in which therapists in training engage as they consider their culture. Eighteen graduate students in the field of psychotherapy collaborated as they participated with their in-depth interviews during the 1995-1996 academic year. Findings are presented in three themes: Views on Self and Culture, Our Work: Our Selves, and From Marginalization To Strength. Participants referred to themselves with diverse cultural attributes, as they considered their respective cultures to include issues of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and learning and physical disabilities. The findings of this study seem to illuminate the process of cultural self-awareness, thus providing the reader with detailed options that clarify participants' understanding of their cultural self. Further, given the context in which this understanding or learning occurs, if done effectively, it might change future socialization patterns.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: This author also goes by the following names: Esther Elena Bernstein, Esther Elena Lopez-Mulnix, Esther Elena Mulnix
Uncontrolled Keywords: Therapists, qualitative study
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Esther Elena Mulnix
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 08:07
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2015 10:49

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