We all come from a diverse background of expertise and life experiences that inform our thinking and shape our understanding of the world. Having read the assigned chapters on cultural considerations, respond to the following prompts: (400 words count)
1. Consider your own background, life experiences, and upbringing. How is trauma viewed in your own culture?
2. How might your cultural background inform your work with clients from cultural backgrounds different from your own?
Week 2: Importance of Self-Care & Commitment Plan For Self-Care throughout the Term
Create a self-care plan that you will commit to as a helping professional. Identify 3 activities that will help you to continuously grow professionally as well as personally. Your goals should be ones that you can attain, i.e. (SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-oriented). Your peers will serve as your accountability partners who will ask you how you are doing on your progress towards better self-care based on your identified activities.
At the end of the term, WEEK 9, you will evaluate your commitment, growth, and follow-through based on the plan you had created for yourself.
Summary and Reflection of Chapter 2 &3
Write a 2 to 3 page paper in which you ;
1) briefly describe a challenging crisis you have faced,
2) explain personal reactions to the crisis and reflect upon the meaning this crisis has had for you, and 3) describe a plan for addressing personal feelings or counter-transference that may arise in future crisis situations.
The paper must include specific strategies for self-care. The paper must be written in first person.
Counseling the Culturally Diverse, 6, Multicultural Counseling/Therapy: Culturally Appropriate Intervention Strategies
written by Derald Wing Sue; presented by Derald Wing Sue, in Counseling the Culturally Diverse, 6 (Alexandria, VA: Microtraining Associates, 2003), 1 hour 9 mins