When You Need a Friend: Snapshots of Therapists Struggling with Cultural Competence and Larger Systems Issues
Department of Family Therapy
Journal of Systemic Therapies
In this article, we look at three examples of therapists struggling with cultural competence issues and involvement with larger systems. In each situation, the concept of the cultural broker is relevant. Kelly and Hudson (2016) advocate for therapists taking the role of a cultural broker, assisting the family to intervene with the oppressive dominant culture in culturally syntonic ways, as well as advocating for the family; this can be described as walking alongside the client through the intersection between cultures (McDowell et al, 2017). In our first example, Alseead and Spencer worked together as cultural brokers for each other, balancing each other's cultural biases. In our second example, Boros provided translation to the larger system of an experience shared by herself and her client. In our final example, Corrington turns to elders within the community to help her better serve her clients. Rambo provided consultation for all three situations.
Alsaeed, R., Boros, P., Corrington, S., Rambo, A. H., & Spencer, J. (2018). When You Need a Friend: Snapshots of Therapists Struggling with Cultural Competence and Larger Systems Issues. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 37 (1), 27-35. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2018.37.1.27