Religion and Multiculturalism
Todangst- I would like to get your take on this matter as a fellow Clinical Psychologist in training.
As clinicians we are trained in recognize the cultural influence on our clients and how this may impact their difficulties and their treatment. Religion is included into the cultural influence on the individual. Of course as a clincian we want to understand and become educated about the client's spiritual and religious beliefs. However, I have come across some clients where their belief in GOD has been a detriment and is either a cause or an exacerbater of the indivdiuals problems. So, although I maintain an empathic, understanding, and objective stance with them it is difficult to watch their beliefs continue to impact them. Since I come from a cognitive perspective I naturally think how their irrational beliefs influence their emotions and behaviors. However, I also need to respect their cultural background.
I have one client and a colleague has another where their religious beliefs have such a huge negative impact on their presenting conditions. Very sad.
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