International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 216–233

Therapists in a Foreign Land: Acculturation, Language Proficiency and Counseling Self-Efficacy among Foreign-Born Therapists Practicing in the United States

Authors

    • Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentDrexel University
  • Maureen Davey
    • Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentDrexel University
  • Adam Davey
    • Department of Public HealthTemple University
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

DOI: 10.1007/s10447-012-9178-0

Cite this article as:
Kissil, K., Davey, M. & Davey, A. Int J Adv Counselling (2013) 35: 216. doi:10.1007/s10447-012-9178-0

Abstract

Immigration and acculturation can have profound effects on counselors’ sense of self and interactions with others. Yet the influence of being an immigrant on a therapist’s use of self during actual clinical encounters has received very little empirical attention, even though the number of foreign-born counselors is steadily increasing in the U.S. In order to fill this gap we conducted a web-based survey study to examine the associations between acculturation, language proficiency, and clinician’s self-efficacy in a sample of 258 foreign-born counselors and providers currently practicing in the U.S. Results suggest that perceived prejudice and not the level of acculturation is significantly associated with levels of clinical self-efficacy, suggesting that the attitudes and behaviors of the host community play a much bigger role in the acculturation of immigrant therapists than previously assumed.

Keywords

AcculturationCounseling self-efficacyForeign-born counselorsImmigration

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