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Dissertation

The experience of racial/ethnic minority therapists working with European American Clients: A survey

10 December 2004

Abstract

Despite the growing numbers of racial/ethnic minority therapists, their experiences have not been adequately explored in the literature. There is an especially limited amount of research on the experiences of racial/ethnic minority therapists working with European American clients. One of a psychologist's ethical duties is to acquire multicultural competency. Thus, it is important to explore this dyad in order to further overall multicultural competence. Race and ethnicity often play an important role in the dynamics of therapy. One aspect of that process includes understanding more about the therapist's experiences and perceptions. The present study examines the self-reported - subjective experiences of racial/ethnic minority therapists working with European American clients. One hundred and forty-three (143) racial/ethnic minority psychologists were surveyed. The results of the study showed only a few differences perceived when working with European American clients as compared to racial/ethnic minority clients, and even fewer differences were found when comparing the four major racial/ethnic minority groups .


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