Quote: “It takes a concerted effort and vigilance to monitor our biases and value systems so that they do not interfere with establishing and maintaining successful helping relationships” (Corey & Corey, Sixth Edition, 2011, p. 191).
Knowledge: In my own words, the author is warning me that even if I acknowledge that I have a cultural bias or a set of values that are different than my clients, I still need to be constantly watching for when these differences might creep back into my relationship with my clients.
Comprehension: When I read this quote I thought of a situation that involved my friends from Illinois. They were raised in the Mennonite community and we were discussing the topic of shunning. Our friend Bob* had a brother that decided he didn’t want to be a part of the Mennonite community and so he and his family were shunned. They were not allowed to participate in family functions, no one from the community would talk directly to Bob’s brother or his family and I was outraged by this behavior. However my friend Bob and his wife were very accepting of the shunning, and fully accepted the status of his brother. It took me several months of learning more about the community, its beliefs and practices, for me to finally come to a place of understanding about shunning. I still disagree with the practice, but I now have a better framework to understand the thought process behind shunning and can accept that this is their way of life.
Application: My client is a Muslim woman, 19 years of age, unmarried and lives with her family. She has lived on the United States her entire life. She is coming to me because she is struggling with the fact that she is about to enter an arranged marriage to a man that her male family members have selected for her and she has never met the man. She wants to work through her concerns about this marriage situation, however her father will not allow her to be seen without another family member present....
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