Counselor Bias and Differential Treatment for Ethnic Groups versus Whites The most serious impact of counselor bias is its potential for interfering with clinical judgment and this is the usual outcome of bias. When the counselor makes judgments or has preconceived ideas about an ethnic minority group, these are virtually impossible to change. The only means for preventing cultural bias from entering into the counseling process is through training in culturally sensitive counseling. The population of Latinos in the United States is rapidly increasing; by the year 2020, Latinos will be the largest ethnic minority group yet Latino individuals and families are not receiving the treatment which they need. Research indicates that...The end:
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