SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Quinn, A. (2012). A person-centered approach to multicultural counseling competence. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53(2), 202-251.

Summary: This article examines current and historical trends in psychotherapy research and practice with racial/ethnic minority populations.

Questions to consider:

  1. How does taking a person-centered approach to multicultural counseling competency help promote awareness and effectiveness when working with clients of color?
  2. When thinking about working with various diagnoses, how can person-centered therapy help across cultures?


Article 2: Essandoh, P. K. (1996). Multicultural counseling as the "fourth force": A call to arms. The Counseling Psychologist, 24(1), 126-137.

Summary: This article examines the field of counseling as a new paradigm in counseling theory and suggests that although there has been a heightened awareness in multicultural counseling theory, the need to recognize the cultural and political context of human development in clinical practice has been very slow. It argues that the progress made has only been in theories and research, and that as scientists-practitioners, we need to work hard at supporting competent practice.

Questions to consider:

  1. Why is multicultural counseling considered the “fourth force” to counseling?
  2. What are some changes Essandoh describes has happened?
  3. How can you, as a practitioner, effect growing multicultural change in the field?