Multiculturalism in the training room

Siddique, S. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeInvited talk


Multiculturalism brings into focus the complex and challenging processes brought into the therapy room. There is increasing pressure for clients to assimilate to the majority culture. I wonder as trainers how do we go about working with counsellors to contextualise their clients’ values, beliefs, behaviour and thinking? How do powerful experiences such as racism, the migration process and exile and the concept of “other’ influence the therapy process?

What implication does this have for training and for ourselves as trainers being part of a multicultural environment? Fragmentation and/or lack of awareness and lack of cultural knowledge can affect interpersonal dynamics of difference, identity construction, and position of privilege. I will share my experiences and reflections on these complex processes for the counsellor trainer.

Biography - Salma Siddique, PhD, is the Director for Counselling and Psychotherapy in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Period1 Jun 2017
Held atCOSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • multiculturalism