When Colorblindness Hurts: Cultural Competence Implications for Counselors-in-Training

Keith Dempsey, Jerrica Ching, Unique Page


Misinterpretations of colorblindness can obstruct one from embracing multiculturalism in counselor training programs. Some counselors-in-training struggle to embrace multicultural content, as they believe the racial ideology of colorblindness equates cultural sensitivity. This article explains why it is necessary for counselors in training to understand how a colorblind ideology can limit multicultural competence. In addition, personal stories of two graduate students of color currently enrolled in a predominantly White counselor-training program, reaffirm the importance of embracing multiculturalism in counselor training programs.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v4i7.1671


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International Journal of Social Science Studies   ISSN 2324-8033 (Print)   ISSN 2324-8041 (Online)

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