Advocating for clients is something that every mental health counselor should be familiar with; however, there may be times when counselors do not properly advocate for their clients. This may happen due to a number of reasons, but it is important to be aware of different advocacy processes so that you can better assist your clients.
Imagine that you are a mental health counselor who has been asked to develop a program for a specific cultural population. You will be providing mental health counseling to a community that is foreign to you. Before you begin seeing clients, you decide to conduct a cultural study of the population. Your goal is to provide culturally responsive mental health counseling services in the community.
Choose a cultural group with whom you have little familiarity to research as the focus of this project.
Research the population through academic, peer-reviewed studies (PSLO 8.1)
As part of your research, you can either observe the population, interview members of the population or service providers, or participate with members of the population in a routine activity.
Write an 850-1100 word essay
Present the following information from your research in the presentation:
Social Structure, beliefs, values, and spoken language of your chosen population (PSLO 2.1)
Preferred methods to seek help for mental health problems (PSLO 2.6)
Mental Health risk factors common among your chosen population (PSLO 2.3)
Determine the counseling approach that best fits the needs of the population (PSLO 5.1)
Support your findings with academic and peer-reviewed research. (PSLO 8.1)
I am a 59 year old white male- you can use any ethnic community of your choosing
Format any citations within your presentation according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines. (PSLO 9.2)