How has your life experience affected how you may relate to persons different than you? Be specific.
Refer to the “Social and Cultural Diversity Paper Writing Instructions” for a detailed
explanation of the requirements for the Social and Cultural Diversity Paper that you
have been developing throughout the course.
Complete the final draft of the Social and Cultural Diversity Paper (1,750-2,000
words), structured in three parts, in which you address the content criteria provided in
“Social and Cultural Diversity Paper Writing Instructions.”
Complete any revisions needed in the final paper based on the feedback that the
instructor provided after review of your first draft.
The paper must include 10 scholarly references in addition to the textbook. More
references may be used if necessary.
The Social and Cultural Diversity Paper (1,750-2,000 words) requires the student to
identify and reflect on possible personal biases regarding gender, religion, sexual or
gender orientation, race, socioeconomic status, disability status, or culture. The purpose
of this paper is to raise the student’s personal and professional level of awareness
regarding the subject of diverse populations.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide,
located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a grading rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the
assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
When constructing this paper, use a three-part structure according to the following
The first part of the paper requires you to identify information from your own personal
history. Use the following questions to help guide your reflections:
1)Identify your personal biases and how they may impact your counseling approach.
Remember, everyone has biases. The point is not to project them onto your clients.
Note: It is preferred you discuss your cultural biases.
2)Describe your personal history by documenting experiences with discrimination you
may have experienced and how your cultural background impacted these experiences.
If you have not had any experiences, share why you believe this to be true.
3)Identify memories of contact with those who were culturally different than you, and
your experiences associated with these differences. Be specific.
4)How has your life experience affected how you may relate to persons different than
you? Be specific.
The second part of the paper requires you to demonstrate an understanding of the
concepts of racism/discrimination. Use the following questions to help guide your
1)What does it mean to be a subtle racist? Please include a referenced definition and
2)Why could there be significant differences in perceptions and values of members
within the same ethnic group? Be specific.
The third part of your paper requires you to review and reflect on the ACA or ASCA
code of ethics. Please use the code of ethics related to your program and professional
identify. Use the following to help guide your reflection:
1)Discuss how the ACA or ASCA code of ethics will inform your practice.
a)Identify and cite the specific ACA or ASCA multicultural codes that you will use to
inform your practice.
2)What did you learn about the importance of cultural sensitivity in treatment planning?
3)How do communication styles and help-seeking behaviors differ across cultures?
4)How might strategies to build rapport be differentiated based on culture?
5)Examine underlying reasons for differential treatment methods.
a)Consult several professional journals on treatment practices and cultural biases.
b)Identify sources of potential counselor cultural bias within these practices.
6)What resources could help you to become more informed regarding cultural diversity?
Cite resources you can use to dispel your personal biases.
7)How could you apply your learning to your future practice as a counselor?