COUN5336 CU Awareness of Worldviews and Considerations in Counseling discussion


Awareness of Worldviews and Considerations in Counseling

Discussion Context

Derald Wing Sue was at the forefront of bringing attention to the marginalization and at times oppression of cultural minorities in traditional counseling or therapy in the 1970s. Building on his early work, Sue and Sue (2016) presented the concepts of locus of control and locus of responsibility as central in the formation of worldviews, and related to our lived experiences of privilege or oppression. In fact, they explained that “[f]or marginalized groups in America, a strong determinant of worldviews is very much related to the subordinate position assigned to them in society” and they went out to caution that “[h]elping professionals who hold a worldview” different from that of their clients and who are unaware of the basis for this difference are most likely to impute negative traits to clients and to engage in cultural oppression” (p. 166).

For the Unit 4 Cultural Autobiography assignment, you will resume your viewpoint of a counseling or therapy intern at Riverbend City during your internship course. For this assignment, you will be interviewing a family or other member from a group with whom you share a cultural heritage. Part of the goal of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to examine how your identity has developed, your worldview, and its influence on your professional practice.

Discussion Prompt

This discussion will provide you with an opportunity to examine and reflect on your current worldview and its implications for your practice. This will be good preparation to help you build towards successfully completing the unit 4 assignment.

In your initial post:

  • Consider the four worldviews presented in your Counseling the Culturally Diverse text and identify which of the four worldviews most closely resembles your own.
  • Discuss the implications of your worldview for culturally alert counseling or therapy.
  • Explain what steps you plan to take to demonstrate your trustworthiness and credibility as a counselor or therapist.

Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Response Guidelines

Respond to the posts of at least two other learners. Offer an additional strategy to your peer for building their trustworthiness and credibility with an individual student, client, or family who may share your worldview.

Your responses should be substantive and contribute to the conversation by asking questions, respectfully debating positions, and presenting supporting literature relevant to the topic.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

  • Explore steps to promote credibility as a counselor with diverse populations.
  • Identify and compare worldviews.
  • Explain implications of personal worldviews on the counseling process and relationship.


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