Facilitating Supervisee Cultural Fluency for a Multicultural Society Multiculturalism has been, and will only continue to become more of a fact in our society and professional practice. Because of this, supervisors have both a practical reason and ethical responsibility for facilitating their supervisees' cultural fluency. This article explores multiculturalism, offering a working definition, emphasizing the dynamic nature of ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2009
Facilitating Supervisee Cultural Fluency for a Multicultural Society
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kenneth J. Staub
    Clarion University of PA, Clarion, PA
  • Mary Pat McCarthyColumn Editor
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Ethics
Article   |   June 01, 2009
Facilitating Supervisee Cultural Fluency for a Multicultural Society
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2009, Vol. 19, 45-50. doi:10.1044/aas19.2.45
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2009, Vol. 19, 45-50. doi:10.1044/aas19.2.45
Abstract

Multiculturalism has been, and will only continue to become more of a fact in our society and professional practice. Because of this, supervisors have both a practical reason and ethical responsibility for facilitating their supervisees' cultural fluency. This article explores multiculturalism, offering a working definition, emphasizing the dynamic nature of the concept, and reasserting its need for inclusion in the supervisory process. The development of cultural fluency is presented, primarily as a process predicated upon the supervisee's attainment of self-awareness as a means of establishing responsive, reciprocal, and respectful relationships. Supervisor facilitation of cultural fluency is addressed in the context of modeling relevant skills for the supervisee in the clinical setting. Indicators for assessing supervisor performance as multicultural clinic educators are presented, as are criteria for evaluating the supervisee's progression toward becoming a culturally fluent practitioner and individual.

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