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Translating Research to Practice: Cultural Competency for Baby Boomers

[No CEs] The need for multicultural competence is now imperative and required among professionals serving individuals who are racially/ethnically, linguistically, and culturally different. A vast amount of research has examined multicultural competence among professional counselors and mental health professionals. However, only one preliminary study is available regarding the extent to which rehabilitation professionals in private practice perceive themselves to be multiculturally competent.

The results of this study suggest that rehabilitation counselors working in private practice settings, as in previous studies involving school counselors, are more knowledgeable about their own cultural self than about their client’s cultures. Low ratings on knowledge of racial identity development theories were consistent with earlier findings; perhaps reflecting the fact that training received among Baby Boomers was prior to the emergence of these theories.

This interactive session provides practice fundamentals to increase these professionals’ knowledge of Racial Identity Development Theories.


  1. Identify the stages of racial/cultural identity development in people of color
  2. Describe the stages of white racial development
  3. Discuss the therapeutic implications of racial identity development

Brenda Cartwright, EdD, CRC, NCC, LPC, MHC
Keisha Rogers, PhD