Immigrant Settlement Counselling: A Training Guide/Module 2: Cultural Identities

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Immigrant Settlement Counselling:
A Training Guide
Developing the CSISW Course:
A Case Example
Org: Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

Group activities aimed at creating rapport among participants.

Our ethnicity is a key component of our cultural identity. An important aspect of working with a culturally diverse clientele is understanding our own identity and how it differs from others. This section outlines activities to help settlement counsellors recognize their own cultural identity and how it interplays with others' and affects their daily life and work.

The activities included in this module are designed to:

  1. Make participants more conscious of their ethnicity and how it affects them as counsellors.
  2. Increase participants' awareness that they have a broader cultural identity with many component parts in addition to their ethnicity, such as their socio-economic class, gender and religion.
  3. Increase participants' understanding of how differences in any element of the counsellor's and the client's cultural identity can have an impact on the counselling relationship.
  4. Expand participants' understanding of culture, and cross-cultural counselling.
  5. Help participants identify the knowledge, awareness and skills that counsellors need to counsel cross cultural differences.

Language: English

Format: This document is available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format [486 KB, 18 pages].