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A Phenomenological Exploration of Bhutanese Counselors’ Experiences with Western Counseling
Int J Adv Counselling International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2017
Pages: 398 - 413
Sources ID: 99941
Visibility: Public (group default)
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Bhutan has recently invited the profession of counseling to aid in responding to growing mental health problems, social and family issues, and school and career guidance needs. This study is a phenomenological investigation of the experiences of Bhutanese counselors with Western counseling in order to understand the cultural fit between Bhutan and Western counseling orientations. Eleven participants were interviewed and four themes identified: conceptualization of counseling, Bhutanese culture, Bhutanese counseling, and the relationship between Western counseling and Bhutan. Suggestions are made for a potential model of Bhutanese counseling, counselor training, ongoing Western contributions, and the further development of the counseling profession.