The facets of cultural competence: Searching outside the box

Lisa A. Suzuki, Mary B. McRae, Ellen L. Short

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Sue's proposed model is based on a critique of the Eurocentric assumptions underlying current clinical practice and reflects his innovative thinking and unique synthesis of past research. The specific areas addressed in this article focus on an examination of the multidimensional model of cultural competence (MDCC) and issues related to the definition of competence and its measurement. Areas of needed elaboration in the model include complexities related to power hierarchies (i.e., authority, authorization, and leadership) and implications for training and practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the complexities of cultural competence and the important contributions of Sue's MDCC as an important step in making cultural competence a reality in the practice of counseling psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)842-849
Number of pages8
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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