In the Cultural Background Paper, you will be describing the background of your

In the Cultural Background Paper, you will be describing the background of your parents or primary caregivers in regards to family culture and how this background impacts you both personally and professionally as a counselor. If you have a multi-racial background, pick the 2 most predominant cultures represented from your family background. You will consider how your cultural background influenced the family system patterns found in your family of origin, your identity development, and the role of culture and social justice in your counseling theoretical perspective. Specifically, you will look at some of the research describing people from your background, explore internet resources related to your culture, and interview your parents/significant care givers or other significant family members to get information. Below you will find further information.
Instructions
Please utilize the guidelines noted below in completing this assignment:
• This paper should be between 1,500- 2,000 words. Please note that the quality of your answer is more important than the word count, and you may expand further; however, it is not required.
• Please use current APA style which is the 7th edition of the APA publication manual which includes information on appropriate formatting for section headings (Chapter 2), levels of headings (Chapter 2), in-text citations (Chapter 8), and references (Chapters 9 and 10). In addition, review the sample professional paper on page 50 for more information.
• Scholarly sources are required and must be published within the last 5 years. A minimum of five (5) sources are required for this assignment, and you are welcome to use more as needed in your research.
• Acceptable scholarly sources include journal articles, scholarly websites, one (1) pertinent chapter from the McGoldrick et al. supplemental e-book. NOTE: The Hays and Erford textbook may not count as a source.
• A minimum of two (2) Internet/media sources related to your culture are required.
• First person may be used in this paper.
For the two parts of this assignment, address the following prompts, and organize the paper based on the prompts using appropriate section heading format:
Cultural Background Paper
1. Identify 1 or 2 predominant cultures represented from your family background. You may describe your culture(s) by discussing the following: (approximately 750 words)
• Personal background and identity (your background may include a single heritage or multiple heritages (e.g., multiracial, multiethnic); you may choose to include information about one or all; include the ones that have had the most influence if not all).
• When and how did you first become aware of your cultural background, and how did you respond to this (e.g., your specific group(s) and its impact on you of this awareness of being part of a specific or multiple groups)
• Prominent customs, practices, values, and behaviors to your family’s background (communication patterns, gender roles, marital roles, educational and vocational pursuits)
• Influence of cultural background on spirituality and/or religion as appropriate
• Information about your family’s cultural background not previously known
2. Describe similarities and differences between your family of origin and the predominant culture. Include a discussion of historical or present experiences of racism or discrimination (or note that these are not present, if appropriate). (approximately 250 words)
3. Provide a clear and in-depth exploration of how your research and knowledge gained about your family’s cultural background influences your perspective on racial/cultural identity development. (approximately 500 words)
4. Provide a clear and in-depth exploration of how your research and knowledge gained about your family’s cultural background shapes your view of social justice and client advocacy. (approximately 500 words)

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