Professional and ethical practice in a multi-ethnic society
The theory and practice of psychological therapy are often presented as if it is insulated from the social context in which it is developed and operates. Psychology has struggled to recognise, let alone embrace the challenges encapsulated in the criticisms of its inherent Eurocentricity and often biased and racist practice (Bhui, 2013; Fernando, 2014). This chapter outlines some of the issues relevant to professional and ethical practice within a ‘multicultural’ and ‘multi-ethnic’ society. The tenet of the chapter is that professional and ethical practice should be such that it avoids racism and is based on developing understanding and skills in working with people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. While there will be examples from clinical psychology within the chapter, the main elements of the discussion apply to all forms of talking therapies within Britain.