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Volume 29, Issue 3 (2000)

Consultation Through a Multicultural Lens: Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Consultation in Schools

pp. 320—343

Abstract: Psychologists practicing in multicultural schools face a wide range of cultural issues that can influence their consultation. The purposes of this article are (a) to use a multicultural lens to explore the practice of multicultural and cross-cultural consultation in schools; and (b) to identify issues, constructs, and processes to explore in future research. A review of empirical and conceptual literature summarizes existing knowledge and identifies needs for the future. The article defines the constructs of culture, multicultural and cross-cultural consultation, and additional constructs. Multicultural school consultation (MSC)offers a conceptual framework to explore structures, processes, and interrelationships among consultation members. The five components of MSC include domains for consultant learning and development, consultee learning and development, cultural diversity in consultation constellations, contextual and power influences, and methods to support consultee and client success. Cases exemplify how MSC attends to individual and group differences and facilitates building bridges of understanding and communication across dimensions of diversity.

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