Multi-Cultural Considerations for Counselling First Nations Clients

Simon A. Nuttgens, Allan J. Campbell

Abstract


Despite evidence that First Nations people experience a disproportionate degree of mental health concerns relative to other Canadians, many within this population do not access Western-based mental health services. In this article we extend a socio-political and historical rationale for attending to key cultural differences when working with First Nations clientele. These cultural differences are situated within the three commonly held domains of multicultural competence: self-awareness, knowledge of the other, and therapeutic practice.

Keywords


First Nations; Multi-Cultural Counselling;

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