The Experiences of White Male Counsellors Who Work with First Nations Clients

  • D. Bruce Smith Private Practice
  • Patrick J. Morrissette Brandon University

Abstract

This paper describes a qualitative study that investigated the experiences of White male counsellors who work with First Nations clients. Five experienced counsellors participated in individual, tape-recorded interviews, during which they described their experiences, yielding written protocols that were thematically analyzed. Results from this study revealed five predominant themes that included the following: (a) encountering difference, (b) establishing relationships, (c) a willingness to learn, (d) evolving professional identities, and (e) impact on self-awareness. Findings and implications for White counsellors and counsellor educators are included.
Published
2007-01-30
How to Cite
Smith, D. B., & Morrissette, P. J. (2007). The Experiences of White Male Counsellors Who Work with First Nations Clients. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 35(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/58664
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