Loue, Sana. SANDPLAY: IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, AND CULTURAL HUMILITY

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Loue, Sana
SANDPLAY: IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, AND CULTURAL HUMILITY

Sana Loue, Cleveland, Ohio, US

Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 21 Number 2 2012

KEY WORDS: culture, cultural humility, diversity, sandplay.

ABSTRACT: Significant emphasis has been placed in recent years on the need for mental health providers to become culturally competent in order to serve the needs of diverse clients. However, a “cultural competence” approach often leads to stereotyping and an inability to view each individual as unique. In contrast, the concept of cultural humility rests on the basic assumption that in each and every interaction, there is something that we do not know or understand. Interaction premised on cultural humility is characterized by active engagement, a commitment to reciprocity on the part of all individuals, and the exercise of humility in each and every encounter. The concept of cultural humility is congruent with sandplay practice in that it encourages us to develop a multidimensional understanding of individual clients and their multifaceted contributions to the larger whole, while recognizing that there is a larger whole.

In German

Sandspiel: Identität, Vielfalt Und Kulturelle Demut

Volume 21 Number 2 2012

SCHLAGWÖRTER: Kultur, kulturelle Demut, Vielfalt, Verschiedenheit, Sandspiel.

ABSTRACT: Das Konzept der kulturellen Demut ist kongruent mit dem Sandspiel, da es uns ermutigt, ein multidimensionales Verstehen individueller Patienten und deren vielseitigen Beiträgen zu einem größeren Ganzen zu entwickeln, und gleichzeitig zu erkennen, daß ein größeres Ganzes besteht.