My awareness of diversity issues is part of the ongoing self-reflexivity required for professional practice. Awareness of my own counter transference around diversity issues is in my mind an essential first step to working with any client.  As a second step, requires positioning the client in the context of: Spirituality, immigrant status, culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, physical / mental or physical ability, and gender.

My process includes the following questions:

1. How does the individual in context affect the client’s access to systems, and how does that differ from my experience?

2. What social / cultural help or hindrances exist for the client as a result of their context?

3. What is the individual’s intra-psychic experience within their context(s)?

4. What is my familiarity, personal views, social responsibility, and competency within their context(s)?”

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