This culminating assignment is an interview should be done with someone from a marginalized background that is different from your own demographic background.
Part 1: Complete the 10-question interview. Collect the interviewee’s age, sex/gender identity, race/ethnicity, nationality, and first language. As you ask the questions, make sure to address each one of their identities, as well as the combination in whatever intersectionality they identify. Tell the interviewee about the ADDRESSING model – is there any other aspects on the model that they would like to share or identify with?
1. How do you normally describe yourself/ how do you identify? Is your demographic “culture” in the description? What culture(s) do you identify with? Which demographic characteristics do you not identify with?
2. What does it mean to you to be ___________________?
3. How does being ___________________affect your daily life?
4. Do you think you are ever treated differently by others because of being __________?
5. What do you see as the benefits to being _________________? What are the challenges?
6. Have you ever experienced a cultural clash or culture shock? What happened?
7. What do you think of counselors and psychologists? What does your family think?
8. If you went to counseling, what would you look for in a counselor?
9. What concerns might you have if you had a counselor from another cultural background?
10. How could a counselor alleviate these concerns?
Part 2: Then write a 10 to 15-page paper with the following sections and content, interspersing their interview responses throughout:
- Interviewee Description – What are all of the interviewee’s demographics using the ADDRESSING model? What are their marginalized minority backgrounds? Where do they have privilege? What do you see as their intersectional identities? How might these impact their experiences of marginalization or privilege?
- Multicultural Awareness – Where do you have privilege where your interviewee has marginalization? How would this impact your work with this person if they were your client? If your privilege was unchecked, how might you harm them?
- Multicultural Knowledge – In what ways does someone with the identities present in your interviewee commonly experience oppression? What cultural traumas could be present for this client? How has this client potentially been impacted by colonization, bias, or the ‘isms? How do these identities also show resistance and strength in their responses to oppression?
- Multicultural Skills – How does the individual’s marginalized and privileged identities impact their approach to counseling and mental health issues, as well as how they would see you, if you were their counselor? What types of considerations would you need to make in terms of traditional assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, relationship building, and counseling interventions and referrals in order to be multiculturally competent with this client? What things would be important to nurture dialogical space for this client? What types of liberation/empowerment dialogues could you have with this client?
- Multicultural Action – How will you ensure that you will stay multiculturally competent in all areas? If this was your client, what types of training, consultation, and/or supervision might you need? How could you use your privilege for social justice and advocacy work within a counseling setting (i.e., agency or school), institutionally, and politically?