Originally recorded May 2, 2022.
Understanding multicultural competence and remaining a multiculturally competent therapist requires constant education, research, and work as therapists develop through their careers. It is not a one size fits all phenomenon. Sometimes we make certain assumptions about cultures or people.
This interactive presentation seeks to discuss some common assumptions that we may make as therapists and help you understand how we can recognize that we are engaging in an assumption. Assumptions are not just about the characteristics or stereotypes about a certain group of people, but they can also be about centering the therapist’s cultural beliefs and backgrounds when diagnosing, treatment planning and treating a client from a different background. The goal is to understand that every person has different experiences within that culture, and it is about asking the client what that culture means to them.
Aishwarya Sastry MA, LMHCA is a therapist at Catalyst Counseling, Woodinville, WA. She received her graduate degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests involve the role and impact of various experiences of upbringing on mental health issues like anxiety and stress. Identifying as South Asian and having lived in India and the US, she brings lived experiences from navigating acculturation, identity confusion and therapy with BIPOC clients.
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