It therefore follows that ethnic and cultural backgrounds play very important roles in the overall success of an individual in need of counseling services or a client already undergoing such therapy. In this paper, an assessment of possibilities that contribute to certain observable counseling efficacy values among Native Americans is made. The challenges faced by this ethnic group will be used to create the link that counseling process seeks to establish in the discourse. Four questions attempting to answer issues touching on unique historical perspectives, counseling process complexities, cultural interaction issues and spirituality are used in the design.
The context of Native Americans is created with an understanding of the history and cultural setting that the entire ethnic group has. Although all Americans would want to dispel any divisive perspective from the social arena, there are unfortunate past events that cannot be wished away without the appropriate confrontation by the aggrieved (Gallay, 2003). Counseling is about healing which probes for any feelings that might make a client remain in a severe state. From a historical perspective, the Native Americans are a sensitive group that still holds some roots of unfair treatment from the European settlers during the slavery age. However, very little information is available regarding the Native American suffering at the hands of slave masters, when compared with the famous African slave trade1. The sensitive developments that the political arena in the United States exposed this group to are still fresh in the memories of a majority of the Americans which brings nasty reactions among them. Cases of rejection, neglect and discrimination from certain sections of their aggressors appear in the broader image of a Native American. For counseling client with such a historical background, it becomes difficult to appreciate the impact of counseling in ...Show more