Internationalization of Counseling Psychology

Lawrence H. Gerstein and Stefanía Ægisdóttir

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Internationalization of Counseling Psychology

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This chapter discusses the consequences of exporting U.S. models and strategies of counseling to other countries, and it presents a few ethical issues linked with the internationalization of the field. Additionally, an in-depth discussion and analysis of specific lines of cross-cultural research in psychology and counseling (i.e., emotions, coping, and psychological help-seeking) is included and evaluated in terms of its cross-cultural validity and applicability to diverse cultures. Methodological challenges of cross-cultural research, theory, and practice are also highlighted, as are alternative approaches to performing cross-cultural research. The chapter ends with a brief discussion about the importance of cross-cultural collaboration and future opportunities for counseling professionals.

Keywords: cross-cultural research; cross-cultural validity; internationalization; emotions; coping; help-seeking; culture; methodology; collaboration

Article.  31784 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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