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The Problem with Colorblindness in Pastoral Counseling

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.

Do not be afraid to address race and ethnicity as you use your gifts to minister to others in your church or in your community. By addressing race and ethnicity you are acknowledging the impact it has in a person of color’s life. You will show that you are not only listening to the experience of those seeking help, but you are truly hearing, seeing, and recognizing how this singular experience is influencing a person’s entire journey. So if you’d like the elephant to leave the room, I would suggest you first learn to start talking about it.

Dempsey, K., Ching, J., and Page, U. (2016). When colorblindness hurts: Cultural competence implications for counselors-in-training. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 7(4). 101-108.

Jerrica KF Ching lives in the beautiful state of Washington and works as a Mental Health Primary Care Provider serving children, adolescents, and their families at Columbia Wellness. She graduated with an MA in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from George Fox University and is working towards becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist.

July03, 2017 at 10:15 AM

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