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Indian Cross-Cultural Counselling: Implications of practicing counselling in urban Karnataka with Western counselling methods.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Institutionen för socialvetenskap.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study presents how Indian counsellors in urban India work with Western counselling methods with Indian clients. The study is categorised as part of the cross-cultural counselling research field where a major assumption is that counselling methods are part universal, part contextual. This study explores how counsellors in Bangalore culturally adapt Western methods. The method used is qualitative semi-structured interviews with seven counsellors at Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre in Bangalore. The theoretical framework in this study is based on New Institutional Theory, with constructs such as Glocalisation, Translation, and finally Cultural Preparedness to understand the context of the counselling profession in Bangalore. Results show that the Bangalore counsellors meet clients that are culturally prepared for short-term and advice-oriented counselling. The clients are part of a context where family and spirituality are of great importance. The counsellors use Western counselling methods only but adapt their approach and language with indigenous elements and emphasise the individuality of each client. They use a person-centred and an integrative approach, in which they are informed by several Western counselling methods, but do not use them dogmatically. The individuals’ needs and the relationship between counsellor and client is emphasised. Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre is part of a complex organisational field with influences from India, the East as well as from the West.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 76 p.
Keyword [en]
cross-cultural counselling, counselling methods in India, mental health in India, Western counseling methods in India, cross-cultural psychology
Keyword [sv]
tvärkulturell counselling, samtalsmetoder i indien, psykisk hälsa i Indien, västerländska samtalsmetoder i Indien, tvärkulturell psykologi
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-1784OAI: diva2:563365
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Socionomprogrammet, inriktning mot etik och livsåskådning
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-10-29 Last updated: 2012-11-01Bibliographically approved

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