Cultural Competency in Supervision
Name of Concept
Supervising cultural competency in couple and family therapy
Cultural competency in supervision is not only an embodiment of cultural awareness and understanding but a core competency of a supervisor in the field of marriage and family therapy. Culture competency in supervision encompasses awareness surrounding one’s own values, assumptions, and biases as these serve as the foundation from which one views the world including that of culturally diverse clients. Cultural competency in supervision is imperative to providing all-encompassing therapists that not only own their own power, privilege, and oppression but can facilitate this awareness within their clients (Hernández et al. 2005). Cultural competency is a lens which supervisors, supervisees, clients, and the interwoven connections to each can be empowered to own contributions and take action to help alter the larger discourse taking place within therapy and supervision.
Theoretical Context for Concept
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