Multicultural knowledge and skills of Singaporean master therapists
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counseling and psychotherapy expertise, master therapists, cross-national research, cultural competence, cross cultural counseling
An international team of researchers from Singapore and the United States conducted a qualitative investigation of the multicultural competencies of Singaporean master therapists (i.e., expert therapists). Six Singaporean master therapists, previously studied and identified through an extensive peer nomination sampling procedure (Jennings et al., 2008), were reinterviewed to explore how these master therapists conceptualize and conduct cross-cultural counseling. Utilizing data analytic procedures from consensual qualitative research (CQR) and grounded theory, eight themes within two categories were identified. The Multicultural Knowledge category contained four themes (Self-Knowledge, Cultural Immersion, Cultural Knowledge, and Knowledge of Systemic/Historic Oppression). Another four themes were organized under the Multicultural Skills category. Recommendations for future research and implications for clinical practice are discussed.
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling