locate an article that addresses the use of Rogerian’s person-centered approach to reality therapy for a multicultural population.? For your initial posting, you will summarize the article and provide the URL for the article. ?Your initial posting to the discussion must meet the 275-word minimum and discuss your (a) summary and (b) a reflection/analysis of the article that you have provided. ?
Team Discussion: Multicultural Populations
Person-centered therapy was introduced by Carl Rogers as a reaction to the limitations of psychoanalysis. The client-centered approach focuses on reality therapy that uses the clients’ experiences and their phenomenal and subjective world. According to the Rogerian theory, Individuals have the capacity to make changes in their lives that can improve their conditions. People seeking therapy have varying issues due to their different backgrounds.
Only the client understands his or her cultural background better than anybody else. Therefore, the individual can identify challenges or specific issues that apply only to him that need to be changed in order to improve his or her condition. The client-centered approach takes this fact into consideration and is against the concept of the authoritative therapist who knows everything and the passive client who follows whatever the therapist says (Sousa, 2014). Since reality therapy focuses on the clients present, the therapist needs to be keen to identify the world in which individual clients live in and help them create a better feature.
According to Rogers, the main idea of reality therapy is getting clients to get out of the masks they wear and open themselves up to reality without altering it to suit their pre-formed structures. Once individuals are open to experiences, they become more aware of reality and their beliefs are not guided by culture. Rather, they are open to gaining more knowledge and trying new things (Sousa, 2014). Rogers approach can be beneficial for multicultural populations because it is based on individuals’ realities not from a common set therapy path that is used for all. Overall, for therapy to be effective, the relationship between the client and the therapist is very important since it acts as the catalyst for change. This relationship is what guides a therapist to raise awareness while discovering resources that will be beneficial to individual clients depending on their different needs.
Sousa, A. D. (2014). Client Centered Therapy. Indian Journal of Applied Research, 10-13.