Advancing Cultural Competence in Counseling with Latine Clients — A More Holistic Approach to Focusing on Sexuality in Latine Communities

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The Multicultural Counseling Competencies (MCC) were written to demonstrate that counseling training and practices as taught, were not inclusive of all persons. In effect, Eurocentric counseling models viewed individuals from marginalized groups through a deficit lens, not valuing their unique intersecting identities. Now, the mental health field is challenged again, in order to operate from a culturally competent mindset clinicians must consider the entire person—their age, ethnicity, gender, and gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, race, , religion, , among other dimensions of identity.

While sexuality is central to the human experience, there continues to be limited education and training provided in mental health programs. As with other areas of human study, the assumptions in sexuality are centered around the dominant group. In this session, the focus will be on the prevailing worldviews of sexuality in various Latine communities. Though cultural traditions and religions are often invoked as barriers to discussions about sexuality, it is necessary to examine contemporary views for more informed clinical practice.

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