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Educational Specialist (EdS)
Department of Graduate Psychology
Debbie C. Sturm, Ph.D.
Lennis G. Echterling, Ph.D.
Jack Presbury, Ph.D.
Meeting with clients for the first time provokes anxiety in many counselors-in-training, which can be exacerbated when working with clients from differing cultural backgrounds. This heightened anxiety can limit the capacity of beginning counselors to empathize with cultural others, which decreases the chance of powerful, therapeutic relationships being established. In addition, many counseling programs offer limited multicultural experiences that might actually prompt intergroup anxiety. It is suggested within this article that fictional prose be used as an additional resource in the classroom that acts as an imagined contact experience to aid in the cultivation of cultural empathy while potentially assuaging intergroup anxiety in counseling students.
Satterlee, Bryant Logan, "A Novel Approach: Fictional Prose as Imagined Contact for Counselors-in-Training working with Cultural Others" (2017). Educational Specialist. 112.