The counselors help the clients to become aware of their own expression of cultural identity by asking them questions. The series of questions asked allows the clients to think and truthfully answer and express themselves. This method gives the counselors insight to really get to the bottom of what is going on with the clients. It also gives the client the opportunity to identify with their culture and focus on ways to openly accept and adapt to the new culture. For example, Dr. Hamada asks Maria to think of a way her thoughts have been impacted since moving to Hawaii. From that question the counselor learned of the client’s negative thoughts. According to the video, Puah is a native Hawaiian and Filipina-American female. She is experiencing anxiety and is afraid she will not succeed in graduate school. With Puah one of the multicultural issues affecting her and her situation is being far away from home.
Basically, she is struggling with being in a different cultural environment. Another is the fact that she is in a predominantly male environment, and the few women that are in her class are white. These factors are causing her to feel as though she is not smart enough, and out of place. Another client the video speaks about is Maria. She is a Cuban-American female. Maria is married to a soldier who has been deployed to the war for several months. She came to counseling to deal with depression. In Maria’s case, being away from home is affecting her as well. Moving to Hawaii away from her close family and friends has caused her to become negative and detached socially. The counselors utilized a number of strategies to identify areas where multicultural issues are playing a role in the clients’ problems. For instance, viewing clients culturally was the first strategy utilized. It was used to help Puah identify what was affecting her. Clarifying the impact of culture was the first strategy used by the doctor to assist Maria with determining the cause of her depression. Once the problem or concern is identified the counselor and the client can work
together to determine what the next step will be. They will be able to work together to come up with a realistic solution to help the client deal with her issues. The counselors helped the client realize the positive attributes of their cultural identity by utilizing strategy four, celebrating diversity in order to help clients accept and express their uniqueness. Dr. Hamada helped Maria to identify what she really missed about her Hispanic culture. While bringing it up made Maria miss her culture, it also made her appreciate the positive attributes. This included the ability to interact with others and speak freely without feeling inappropriate, doing fun things like salsa dancing, and eating the Cuban comfort food. This helps her to identify why she is having such negative feels about living in Hawaii and can assist her with dealing with her issues. After watching the video, I learned that culture has a huge impact on every aspect of our lives. I think culture should be celebrated. We are all unique in our own way and diversity is what makes us beautiful culturally and individually.
Nevertheless, I do not feel we should portray the image or act as though our culture is better than any other. I think that by celebrating and embracing my culture it helps me accept who I am and continue to accept, appreciate and genuinely welcome the cultural differences of others. I believe culture is a part of my foundation and lays the ground work for the person I have become and will continue to shape and mold me into the person I will be ultimately. I think the experiences I have within my own culture and with other cultures can definitely help who I become. However, it can also have a negative impact if I take the lessons and experiences and view them negatively. Culture affects each of our own personal values and belief systems. I think that the culture we are raised in as children affects the way we view other people and it also plays a huge rule in our beliefs throughout life.
It can also affect the way we view others and their cultures, religions, and beliefs. I think that as we grow up we keep what we are taught; yet, we have to live for ourselves and decide what values we need to make us into good people. We have to keep an open mind and be able to accept the fact that we are all different culturally, but no one culture is better than the other. We must understand that we are all equal regardless to what our individual beliefs and values are. This is how I live my life, I surround myself with many different cultures and I take a bit of what I learn from all of those amazing people and implement it into my life to make me a better version of myself. Growing up there were many things I did not appreciate about my cultural identity. I grew up in a predominantly black community in a small town in Louisiana.
The elementary school and the high school I attended was just the same, and the few white students were either loners or “acted black”. Therefore, I never knew anything outside of what I was saw at home, was taught at school, or saw on television. Secretly I grew up feeling that being black was like a curse. I was raised to believe that everything was harder for blacks and being a black women was even harder. I believed other races was the cause of the crisis, and this created anger within me with people I did not know. As I grew older and begin to work with other races, I started to see how it was to interact with people with different cultural backgrounds. This is when I begin to realize that no one was at fault for what happened within my culture. That each person individually is responsible for whatever happens in their lives, good or bad. Then I relocated to Houston, Texas and I really started to appreciate my own culture, but also that of others. I learned that while we are all very different, we are more similar than we think or believe.
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