Have you ever heard someone use a “color-blind” reference when the topic of cultural differences comes up? The idea that we are all the same that speaks to our shared humanity, regardless of our biopsychosocial characteristics; while this is true at some level, on other levels the idea that a counselor or therapist could take a “color-blind” approach to counsel is problematic. While the intention may be to focus on equality and all that we hold in common as people, the danger is in failing to recognize and account for the impact of our biopsychosocial characteristics on our experiences. Identity is a complex phenomenon and each one of us possesses a range of biopsychosocial characteristics such as gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and cognitive and physical abilities that impact how we view ourselves and how we are viewed. In fact, aspects of our identity such as being able-bodied, young, or straight may result in automatic or unearned privileges. And, at the same time, other aspects of our identity such as being brown, female, or Jewish may result in our marginalization.

Discussion Prompt

The Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MCSJCC, 2015) presents a conceptual framework that calls attention to “the intersection of identities and the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression that influence the counseling relationship” (p. 3). As you become familiar with these competencies, you will want to consider areas for development you are eager to explore, as well as areas for development that you may feel hesitant about or even resistant to considering. Your site supervisor at Riverbend City has pointed out to you the importance for counseling and therapy interns to really take an opportunity to honestly examine these areas of personal awareness.

Your initial post for this discussion should address two main parts, personal reflectionand MAKSS reflection. Both these parts will help you to prepare for the Unit 2 assignment.

Part 1: Personal Reflection

For this part of the discussion:

Part 2: MAKSS Reflection

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two other learners.

In your response:

Your responses should be substantive and should contribute to the conversation by asking questions, respectfully debating positions, and presenting supporting literature relevant to the topic.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

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