Cultural Soup: A Diverse Recipe
July 3rd, 2013
July 3rd, 2013
Cultural Soup: A Diverse Recipe
What would it take to ensure a global network of security? What is needed to provide an individually specific and sufficient form of healthcare to all persons? How can the world carry a message of peace and unity throughout all of humanity? What would that even look like? There is no need for these images to only appear across the face of the earth in the form of illusions or mirages. A clearer picture can be seen through the lens of cultural awareness; and through the knowledge that comes along with cultural competence. The focus of the cultural issue, which surrounds cultural diversity, continues to grow in importance across the world with each passing day. Unfortunately, a lack of vision, turning a blind eye, and a blurred perception only keeps the problems that encompass these cultural issues growing as well. Therefore, a world-wide intervention that addresses the significant need and reasons for an increased multicultural awareness is essential throughout these diverse populations. The reasons for this need can be as basic as clearing up misconceptions about neighbors, or gaining a clearer understanding of each individual; and as broad as securing global economies, or promoting a tangible and effective concept for world peace.
The implications that refer to culture go beyond the need for simply understanding a specific race or ethnic minority, and reach deep into the human condition or psyche that defines the individual characteristics of human nature, beliefs, and worldviews. The definitions of culture are growing increasingly obscure or blurred as new mutations of culture are constantly evolving. These new strands of culture develop by crossing the cultural boundaries; and travel through the routes of interconnected global economies, interracial parenting, and acculturation – the borrowing and adapting of traits from another culture. Additionally, external conditions of the surrounding environment, as well as gender, lifestyle choices, and the internal effects of time and/or physical decay, further contribute to a multicultural and diverse society. Therefore, multicultural competence and awareness is crucial for the well-being of any population. Cultural competence and awareness must rise above the hierarchies of politics; transcend the levels of helping professions; and reach throughout the whole of societies to promote unity amidst differences, bridge across worldviews and global economies, and carry a message of peace to all neighbors, societies, and nations.
Understanding the needs for, and benefits from, cultivating culturally aware individuals, employers, clinicians, and other officials or servants in the community is a relatively easy concept to grasp. Multicultural competence, on the other hand, is an imperative and ongoing process that is not easily attained. Nevertheless, the need for this kind of competence continues to be on the rise throughout the lines of helping professions and communities. Therapeutic environments and counseling/clinical settings are positively influenced in a number of ways when the clinicians are culturally competent
in the interactions with the populations or clients to which they serve. One of the primary benefits created out of cultural awareness has to do with the ability for taking on holistic approaches which are cable enough to attend to all the aspects of each unique individual or client. Another primary benefit is in the potential for forming healthy, interpersonal, and trusting relationships which foster therapeutic outcomes across the spectrum of clinical settings. These are well-known foundational truths within the helping professions. However, competent practitioners and therapeutic communities also know that they must work the entirety of their careers trying to achieve and understand these truths. Moreover,...
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