Culture in Practice
“Counselors work in an increasingly complex cultural milieu where every encounter with a client must be considered multicultural in nature” (Collins, 2010). Theorists have long pointed out the importance of self-awareness as foundational to competent practice (Collins, 2010). Nowhere is this more evident then in the field of addiction treatment. Beachway recognizes the importance of regular open communication, feedback and reflective practice in all therapeutic interventions.
The recognition that cultural norms for various ethnic groups is a regular topic for the agencies supervision, meetings and communications attempting to ensure that an individuals cultural background is not being mistaken for denial, non-compliance or vice versa incorrectly viewed as a cultural boundary when in fact it is mal-adaptation of the recovery process. These open communications and meetings align themselves with the agencies values and standards. The belief that recovery is possible for all individuals regardless of age, race or sexual orientation is enhanced via Beachway Therapy Center’s organizational values.
Collins, S., Arthur, N., Wong-Wylie, G. (2010) Enhancing Reflective Practice in Multicultural Counseling Through Cultural Auditing. Journal of Counseling and Development. 88, 3.
Shockley, P., Zalabak, P., (2009), Fundamentals of Organizational Communication: Knowledge, Sensitivity, Skills, Values, (7th Ed.). Pearson Learning Solutions.