Multicultural competence is a Journey, not a destination
Lambers Fisher is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). He is a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor as well as a Board Approved Supervisor for the MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy and the MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy. Additionally, Lambers has a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Therapist Lambers Fisher, LMFT, M.Div., reminded a recent workshop audience that “Multicultural competence is a Journey not a destination”. It is not possible, he said, to be a fully competent counselor without diversity competence. By “Diversity” he was referring to not only race and ethnicity, but to gender, ability, language, political viewpoint, and more. He referenced the diversity wheel developed by John’s Hopkins University to illustrate the broad scope of diversity, and cautioned that counselors have an ethical responsibility to be able to help clients on both ends of any diversity spectrum, regardless of the counselors personal beliefs.
He gave as an example a situation where in one session the counselor may be asked to help family members of the victim of a police shooting, and the next session might be confronted with assisting the officer involved and his or her spouse in coping with the same event. Counselors, he said, must be able to understand that “supporting the client in their beliefs is not the same as supporting the client’s beliefs”.
Fisher’s workshop “Diversity in Counseling: Increasing your cultural competence” was sponsored by Restorations for Life Counseling, which has offices in Brooklyn Park and Rogers, MN. Visit their website (above link).