Endorsement of professional multicultural rehabilitation competencies and standards: A call to action

Renée A. Middleton, Carolyn W. Rollins, Priscilla Lansing Sanderson, Paul Leung, Debra A. Harley, Debra Ebener, Anita Leal-Idrogo

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This article proposes specific multicultural rehabilitation competencies and standards that define a professional culturally competent rehabilitation counselor. Cross-cultural skills are based on three characteristics across three dimensions: beliefs and attitudes, knowledge, and skills. Explanatory statements operationalizing each competency area are offered. In reinforcing the need and rationale for a multicultural perspective in rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation education programs, the authors urgently appeal to the leadership of professional rehabilitation organizations to infuse multiculturalism throughout their organizations. Specific recommendations toward endorsement of the proposed competencies are set forth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-240
Number of pages22
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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