Using a Feminist-Multicultural Lens When Counselling Adolescent Females: Intersecting Cultural Identities and Multiple Social Locations

  • Anusha Kassan
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


In this chapter, I present the application of a feminist-multicultural lens to counselling with adolescent females. I explored the concepts of cultural identities and social locations, particularly as they intersect and transform for both counsellors and clients. I use culture-infused counselling (CIC; Collins & Arthur, 2010a, 2010b) and the revised CIC framework outlined in Chap.  2), in conjunction with a clinical case study, to illustrate that work with adolescent females often requires counsellors to develop a personalized, collaborative approach, which takes into account a contextual understanding of clients’ presenting challenges as well as their multiple and intersecting cultural identities and social locations. The case of Alicia, 15-year-old able-bodied individual of mixed ethnic heritage who identifies as a cisgender female, will be used to illustrate this application. Specifically, a series of ten clinical considerations will be presented, from case conceptualization to advocacy. In this chapter, I have also included three sets of resources for further development in the areas of feminist-multicultural counselling, counsellor self-awareness, and client strength and resiliency. I conclude with reflection questions and learning activities.


Culture-infused counselling Feminist-multicultural counselling Cultural identities Social locations Intersectionality Advocacy Social justice Adolescent females 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Studies in Counselling Psychology, Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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