Cultural Competency for Health and Human Services Professionals
Failure to understand clients’ worldviews may lead human services workers to make erroneous interpretations, judgments, and conclusions that result in doing serious harm to clients, especially those who are culturally different. A vast majority of the world’s population lives by a non-Western perspective. Despite the fact that the world is culturally pluralistic, many of our books, professional teachings, research findings, and implicit theories and assumptions in the field of counseling and crisis intervention are specific to North American and European cultures. Such theories and assumptions are usually so ingrained in our thinking that they are taken for granted and seldom challenged even by our most broad-minded leaders and professionals (Pedersen, 1998; Ponterotto & Pedersen, 1993; Ridley, 1995). (James 22) James, Gilliland. Crisis Intervention Strategies, 6th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2007-07-01. .