Career counseling people of African ancestry

Watson, Mark, McMahon, Mary, Mkhize, Nhlanhla, Schweitzer, Robert, & Mpofu, Elias (2011) Career counseling people of African ancestry. In Mpofu, Elias (Ed.) Counseling People of African Ancestry. Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 261-293.

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One of the most important challenges facing the career counseling profession is developing effective strategies to counsel racially diverse individuals. Understanding the role of racial factors in career counseling requires an understanding of the impact of race on the development and identification of career concerns (Leong & Hartung, 1997 ). This chapter invites an understanding of career counseling with a focus on people of African ancestry. There is scant literature on the career development and career counseling of people of African ancestry including African Americans. This paucity of literature is explained, in part, by the fact that people of African ancestry have unique histories of being excluded from a broad range of human services, including career counseling.

This chapter considers career counseling with people of African ancestry. First, the chapter explores how the African cultural belief of Ubuntu may influence individuals and then considers its possible influence on career counseling. Second,the chapter considers how cultural contexts may impact on the career counseling of individuals of African ancestry, specifically African Americans and African immigrants. Finally, social justice and narrative approaches to career counseling are examined as a means to address the needs of people of African ancestry in a range of cultural settings.

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ID Code: 55459
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: career counseling, African, culture, diversity, narrative
ISBN: 9780521887229
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2012 01:37
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 07:02

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