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523 | Understanding Universal Human Needs in Therapy: Building Confidence in Multi-cultural and Cross-cultural Contexts

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Multicultural Counseling and Diversity: Special Populations and Global Competency, Workshop Tracks


Lois Dodds, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




A therapist can confidently practice effective counseling and other therapies in multicultural and cross-cultural contexts. A solid understanding of universal human needs and how they are expressed in various cultures allows the psychologist, licensed mental health professional, medical professional, and ministry leader to impart hope to any client. Even when the client is from a very different culture, in which human needs are understood and described differently, addressing these universal human needs is the key to imparting hope and helping the client to resolve issues and solve problems. The client can coach the therapist about their own culturally appropriate ways of meeting needs. Identifying with the client and building rapport is based on connection with their universal, shared human needs. Finding interventions appropriate in the client’s context becomes a partnership between therapist and client. The client experiences hope through shared understanding, rapport, and being able to apply interventions in their own culturally relevant ways.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify and list universal human needs
2. Analyze how these needs are understood and described in another culture through dialogue with the client
3. Apply this knowledge to confidently impart HOPE and help clients in multicultural and cross-cultural relationships and contexts
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