The Importance of Diversity in Counselling Contexts Essay

3356 Words May 22nd, 2013 14 Pages
C0602- Counselling contexts
Tutor: Kevin Hogan
Submission date: 31st May 2013

‘The importance of diversity in counselling contexts’

The importance of diversity in counselling has been the subject of much research over the last 50 years Patterson (1996) and is aimed at preventing inequalities among different population groups regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical abilities and religious beliefs/beliefs. (Patterson, 1996)
When considering the different contexts in which counselling takes place, diversity appears to be the most distinguishing factor that is linked to client satisfaction Hankins (2007) and is aimed at providing a more ‘universal system of counselling’. (Patterson, 1996,
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In fact some researchers argue for a more spiritual aspect to be implemented into the training for counsellors as they believe that spiritual needs of clients are not always met by less spiritual talking therapies (Thorne 1991).
However in comparison to the above findings Keller (2010) argues that strong preaching that encourages individuals to feel remorse and shame does not help people come to terms with their problems. Keller (2010) also suggests that the strong obedience related to religious counselling losses sight of the individuals past which may be linked to their presenting problem. (Keller, 2010)
Within the educational setting counsellors are sometimes employed on a full time basis Moore & Roberts (2010) and various members of staff use counselling skills as an addition to their primary roles. This includes teachers, administrative assistants and classroom assistants, catering and playground staff and special educational needs teachers. (Aldridge & Rigby, 2001)
The types of counselling/ counselling skills evidenced in secondary educational settings were restorative approaches which were aimed at providing justice to students who had been victimized by another student. (Moore & Roberts, 2010) Cognitive approaches which are focussed around the idea that nothing is viewed as either good or bad. (Saunders & Willis, 2003) rather it’s the cognitions,

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