chapter  48
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Culturally competent practitioners

ByStephanie J. Hanrahan

In this book there are chapters about counseling skills, various frameworks and theories of therapy, issues experienced by individuals and teams, traditional mental skills, and population considerations. One factor overarching all of these elements is culture, or perhaps more accurately, cultures. The population chapters touch on cultures in terms of age, level of sport (e.g., professional sports, Olympics), sexual orientation, community (i.e., rural communities), and disability. The authors of Chapter 14 (acknowledging that cognitive behavioral therapy may have limited application within certain multicultural contexts) and Chapter 35 (stipulating that limited understanding and acceptance of people from different cultural backgrounds can be sources of tension between individuals and subgroups within teams) specifically mentioned culture, but cultures are a factor in every human interaction (and therefore every sport psychology session).