MulticulturalAwareness, Knowledge and Skills Survey
TheMAKSS is a survey designed to retrieve information concerning anindividual counselor’s awareness, knowledge, and skills regardingmulticultural counseling. In my review, I find that there arecertain issues that I need to strengthen to ensure I displayexemplary counseling practice. The issues that I attained a verylimited score are distinguishing “intentional” from “accidental”communication signals in a multicultural counseling situation,understanding the concept of “relativity” regarding the goals,objectives, and methods of counseling culturally different clients.Also, rating the understanding of the terms (mainstreaming,ethnocentrism, cultural encapsulation), rating the aptitude tocorrectly find culturally biased assumptions as they relate to myprofessional training, and rating my ability to assess the mentalhealth needs of women.
Inelaborating the first issue of distinguishing ‘intentional’ from‘accidental’ communication signals, I observe that inmulticultural situations, it’s hard to understand what the clientwould present as severe in a rather jokingly communication. Sometimesit is challenging, knowing what would be considered intentional oraccidental in a different culture from yours. Therefore, in constantpractice, I endeavor to increase my knowledge in understanding thebeliefs of other cultures.
Inthe concept of relativity, different clients hold varied standingsconcerning goals and objectives. Therefore, in the exercise of thecounseling methods, one needs to understand that these goals andobjectives are distinct to every client.
Iperceive that in counseling practice, the comprehension of the termsin practice is requisite. The words that denote processes such asmainstreaming, ethnocentrisms, and cultural encapsulation, arecritical in the determination of the kind of approach to engage inany given counseling session. Therefore, I undertake to indulge inextensive reading to understand and practice the terms. Also, theidentification of culturally biased assumptions impact on my generalprofessional conduct and would, in turn, affect my effectiveness inpractice. Therefore, I would consider the position in professionalpractice and handle a client without pondering on the bias thatexists in their cultures.
Finally,in review of my ability to accurately assess the mental health needsof women, I find it challenging understanding the different moodsthat are sometimes expressed by the women. Sometimes the mood ofwomen affect how they would respond to certain questions, forinstance, a response given while happy would be different from onepresented in irritation. The difficulty is in determining in whatmood the female client might be in. It could affect my generalassessment of the situation. Therefore, I am committed to handlingmany women clients to understand the way they act and displayemotions in different circumstances of counseling.