Relationship Technology and Caring: Comparative-Cross-Cultural Perspective on Counseling At-Risk Youth.Report as inadecuate

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This paper is based on two interrelated themes concerning the problems arising from counseling at-risk youth in the push for world-class education and the unique cultural, social, and political conditions of each country and community. The first theme concerns guidelines for building relationships with at-risk youth. The critical assessment of differing cultural perspectives and social and political conditions can be very useful in development of indigenous helping models that are responsive to emerging global problems. Details are given of ten guidelines that provide direction for the training of counselors and youth workers, guidelines that can be translated into policies and practices for schools and residential youth treatment facilities. These guidelines protect the dignity of even the most troubled youth, and promote the responsible involvement of alienated youth in the creation of just and caring communities. The second theme stresses the importance of transnational caring in the development of work with alienated youth. It reports that there is a critical need for incorporating culturally sensitive caring into modern counseling practices because people around the world increasingly experience technologized and dehumanized services in which real care is lacking. The lack of caring and cohesive communities increases the likelihood that youth will engage in destructive behavior. Therefore, it is especially important that this care be built into relationships with at-risk youth. (JDM)

Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Counseling, Cultural Pluralism, Humanization

Author: Rowell, Lonnie



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