Cultural Autobiography

Sue and Sue (2016) observed that each of us is “born into a cultural matrix of beliefs, values, rules, and social practices” and that this has a “powerful influence” over our views of self and others (p. 50). One aspect of building awareness of our own worldviews is to consider our group memberships and personal identity development. This is essential so that we may approach counseling with an awareness of our own worldviews so that we do not impose them on clients, and likewise practice with an appreciation for our clients’ worldviews and how those may exert a powerful influence on their views of mental health and seeking help.

While working through your internship, you are also enrolled in a classroom experience as part of your internship requirement. Your program strives to deliver excellent training and has embraced a real commitment to preparing students for effective and ethical work with diverse populations. As such, the subject of cultural competence is infused throughout the curriculum. Your internship course is no exception, hence you find that you have been assigned to write your own cultural autobiography as a way of bringing greater awareness to your worldview and how that may impact your counseling relationships and the counseling process.

Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Assignment Instructions
Based on the data you gather from interviewing family members and members of a group (who share your cultural heritage), peer-reviewed articles, your assigned readings, and personal reflections write a cultural autobiography that reflects on concepts such as acculturation, personal identity development, and the impacts of identity and culture have on professional practice.

In your autobiography, make sure you address the following:

Describe how your cultural heritage, including spiritual or religious traditions, and your family’s experience with acculturation have contributed to your family’s and your worldview.

Explain which groups or aspects of your cultural heritage and your spiritual or religious orientation have been most salient to your personal identity development.

Explain how experiences of privilege and discrimination for you or your family, based on your cultural heritage and spiritual or religious orientation have contributed to your family’s and your perspectives on seeking professional help.

Assess how your cultural heritage and spiritual or religious orientation will present opportunities or challenges for you in applying multicultural counseling with diverse populations.

Communicate reflections related to cultural heritage and personal identity as they apply and impact personal practice using field appropriate language and writing mechanics acceptable for professional counseling settings.

Integrate relevant sources and personal communications to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.

The Cultural Autobiography APA Sample (uploaded) provides you with an example APA structure for this assignment. It also provides some guidance, or ideas about what you might want to include in each section to successfully address all of the scoring guide criteria for the assignment.

Submission Requirements
Your paper should meet the following requirements:

Template: Use the template provided (uploaded).

Written communication: Written communication must be grammatically correct and free of errors that detract from the overall message.

Note: Because this is an autobiography, this assignment may be written using the first person.

Number of resources: A minimum of four scholarly resources from peer-reviewed journals published within the past 5-years.

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