Improving Cultural Responsiveness in Psychotherapy
The field of mental health has long recognized the necessity of being both aware of and sensitive to the range of human diversity. To this end, manualized approaches have been developed, offering detailed guidelines for adapting services to fit the client's culture, background, values, and worldview. While the available evidence confirms such adjustments can result in better outcomes, existing approaches fail to address the intersection of multiple client identities, thereby risking the very stereotyping multicultural awareness is designed to address. In this interview, researcher Jesse Owen reviews the current state of the evidence and points to exciting new developments for helping clinicians engage and connect with the diverse people in their care.