Cultural Sensitivity as an MFT Common Factor

Carissa D'Aniello, Hoa N. Nguyen, Fred P. Piercy

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Cultural sensitivity is a state of attunement, emotional resonance with, and meaningful responsiveness to others. MFT professionals continue to discuss cultural sensitivity in relationship to models and therapists. We see cultural sensitivity as a common factor that spans models, rather than resides within them. We present a case vignette to illustrate the distinction between doing cultural sensitivity and being culturally sensitive. We also discuss implications of conceptualizing cultural sensitivity as an MFT common factor for teaching and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-244
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 19 2016


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