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Chapter 8: Multicultural Supervision: The Influence of Race-Related Issues in Supervision Process and Outcome

Multicultural supervision: The influence of race-related issues in supervision process and outcome The development of multicultural competency is now understood as essential to the repertoire of therapeutic competencies that counselors are expected to hone during counselor training (e.g., Ponterotto, Casas, Suzuki, & Alexander, 1995; Pope-Davis & Coleman, 1997). The development of such competencies may be seriously compromised, however, in supervisory relationships that are marked by racial and cultural conflict. The negative influence that conflictual multicultural supervisory relationships might have on the outcome of supervision might negatively affect counselor trainees' expectations of multicultural counseling encounters, affecting their overall professional development. Indeed, the process and outcome of multicultural counseling may be affected by issues arising from both perceived and real differences related to supervisees' and supervisors' race and culture. Given the triadic relationship between the supervisor, supervisee, and client (Brown & Landrum-Brown, 1995), it is conceivable that such issues could bleed into ...

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