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The Challenge of Cultural Perspectives in Consultation

In addition to minding their own personal and professional cultural influences, the consultant has the challenging role of providing consultation and facilitating the process of collaboration among all parties. To be effective, the consultant must bring their knowledge as an early childhood mental health professional as well as be culturally empathic and knowledgeable (Cohen & Kaufmann, 2005). In addition, care must be taken to be attentive and responsive to cultural differences between staff and families as well as among staff members; to use skilled dialogue to create respectful, reciprocal, and responsive relationships among all parties; and to design services and interventions that are culturally and linguistically appropriate (Barrera & Corso, 2003; Hepburn et al, 2007).

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