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Differences Making a Difference: Cross-Cultural Interactions in Supervisory Relationships

KEYWORDS.Cross-cultural,supervision,training,familytherapy, culture,ecosystemic,difference

Inthetwenty-firstcentury,supervisorsandtrainersofallhelping professionswillexperienceademandtoadapttoanincreasinglymulticulturalandmultiracialenvironment.Aspersonsofcolorbecomethe numericalmajority,andwhitestheminority(Yutrzenka,1995),supervisorsandclinicianswillencounterincreasingdiversityinthesuperviseesandclientelewithwhomtheywork(Lappin&Hardy,1997).And asthefieldofcoupleandfamilytherapycontinuestogainexposure bothintheU.S.andabroad,familytherapistsandtheirsupervisorsare increasinglylikelytocomefromdiverseculturalbackgrounds.In regardtodeliveryofservices,therearecurrentlyinsufficientnumbers ofminoritysupervisorsandtherapiststomeettheneedsofthisexpandinganddiversepopulation.Aresupervisorsadequatelyprepared forthedifferencesinvalues,beliefs,andexpectationsthatcanbe encounteredintheseworkingrelationships?Thisstudyseekstoexaminehowdifferencesincultureoforigininfluencesupervisoryrelationshipsanddiscoverwaysinwhichsupervisorscansensitivelyand effectivelysuperviseculturallydifferentsupervisees.