Cultural and Ethical Considerations
Cultural and ethical considerations are important aspects of professional practices for any given career. It is through cultural and ethical considerations, for instance, that a professional nurse understands non-verbal communication from an ailing patient. In multicultural societies, there are conflicts that arise from different beliefs among people (Quinn, 2017). It is common to find different interpretations of a given instance or scenario as predefined by certain cultural values. Inclusion of cultural factors has changed counseling and psychological treatment in multicultural societies.
Different views of mental illness are common in indigenous communities which perceive it as a social vice. For instance, some communities in Nigeria and Cameroon kill children with mental illnesses as mental illness is associated with bad omen in the society. Similarly, the Chinese community has a different perception of mental illness as defined its cultural values and tradition (Quinn, 2017). Similarly, Chinese people perceive behavior from a cultural angles even when it comes to professional processes. For instance, Chinese contractors have an informal way of communication which contributes timely completion of large-scale projects. Moreover, the family structure of Chinese people also influences their cultural perception on social scenarios and instances.
Counseling and psychological treatments are largely influenced by culture as noted above. Taking part in a counselling or psychological treatment on a Chinese client would entail understanding different sets of cultural beliefs. For instance, psychologists should adopt casual or informal approaches of blending in with the Chinese culture during counselling appointments (Quinn, 2017). Attracting the sense of laughter using funny illustrations would aid a mentally ill Chinese recover from an abrupt mood-change caused by sadness. However, one should be aware of the funny behavior as it may be interpreted differently in the Chinese culture. Consequently, cultural awareness would be important in avoiding a worsened case in which the funny behavior conflicts with beliefs of a Chinese client.
Quinn, K. (2017). Cultural and ethical considerations in late-life poly-victimization. Journal of elder abuse & neglect 29.5 pp.327-338.