In this module, you learned about how disability and spiritual or religious identity may impact a client’s mental health. When reading the materials and additional resources, you should be able to conceptualize how the information may play out in a real-life counseling situation.
In this module, you will explore how acquiring a disability might influence the client’s relationship with their higher power and spirituality. Remember to think about physical and mental or emotional disabilities and to think about how the other components of identity (age, gender, socioeconomic status [SES], etc.) may influence the reaction to or results of acquiring a disability.
For this discussion, refer to the case scenario in M9 Assignment SA (Katarina). In a minimum of 200 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following:
- Discuss how acquiring a disability might influence a client’s relationship to his or her higher power and spirituality.
- Identify one way you would address the client’s primary concern. (Think about culturally appropriate interventions and techniques for this population.)
- Identify two additional resources that you would provide the client to overcome barriers to success.
- Identify how you would apply the association for multicultural counseling and development (AMCD) competencies to the case scenario.
Support your rationale and analysis by using at least two resources from professional literature in your response. Professional literature may include the NLU online library resources, relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (websites ending in .edu or .gov).
Katarina is a first-generation Korean American. She claims to be an atheist raised by irreligious parents. She is still very close to her parents and has an older brother, Young, who has always been protective of her. She has a master’s degree in education and is a teacher at an inner-city high school. She is a 26-year-old lesbian, though not currently in a relationship, in part because she does not know what might happen with her work if she were to come out. She is also concerned with the reaction of her family as she is the only daughter.
Though Katarina loves teaching, she struggles to connect with some of the inner-city youth who have very different values from her own, especially those related to education. She is often frustrated by how much time she spends trying to motivate her students to pay attention and make even minimal effort on their assignments. She also confesses that she does not feel respected and wonders if it is because of her race as well as because she is soft-spoken and often shorter than her students. She admits that she would never be so disrespectful to any of her teachers and does not understand why youth in America do not value education more. Katarina has thought about quitting the job but is afraid that she will bring shame on her family if she just quits.
Katarina has turned to you for help with these issues because she really does not know where else to go.