Cross-Culture Workplace Counseling Case Study by Nicky

Analyzes the case of employee Tambu, who is a 22 year old male of Indian (India) descent, who wears a Hindi headdress to work.
# 150271 | 3,215 words | 9 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Psychology (Social) , Business (Human Resources) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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This paper explains that Tambu, a third generation American of Eastern Indian parentage and who wears a turban to work, is being demeaned by his co-workers' terrorist jokes and references to Middle Eastern customs and traditions even though he is a Hindi and not from this area. Having been referred to his Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for six initial counseling sessions, the author underscores the importance of his therapist becoming well versed in the problems facing people from Tambu's culture in the workplace and in American society. The paper outlines these six sessions with the goal of abating Tambu's thoughts of being violent towards his co-workers because of their demeaning remarks and of harming himself.

Table of Contents:
Initial Client Interview
Counselor Research and Preparation
Tambu's Work Environment
Treatment Plan and Strategy

From the Paper:

"These questions will help to integrate Tambu's conscious and subconscious perceptions about his workplace relationships. It will then be possible to utilize the existing research previously cited here in determining egos on individual, social, and career levels. It will help to reveal those areas of both sides of Tambu's cultural heritages that he perceives as being accepted and not accepted, and to explore whether or not Tambu's perceptions of these are rooted in a self-conscious fear that arises out of the lack of integration of his dual cultural heritages.
"From this exercise, this counselor will be able to help Tambu incorporate into his workplace exercises to overcome what he perceives as unaccepted traditional customs through his own behavioral responses and reactions to the individuals who might lack understanding of his unique eastern cultural traditions versus his western traditions.
The third session with Tambu will be an internet one. Tambu will be given the assignment of engaging his coworkers, colleagues, and peers on a social level. John W. Berry (1992) says that communication and training in the area of employee relationships is enhanced by the socialization that takes place in the workplace. Tambu will engage his coworkers on a social level, and he will be required to monitor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berry, J. W., Portinga, Y., Segall, M., and Dasen, P., (2002). Cross Cultural Psychology: Research and Applications, Cambridge University Press.
  • Frances, A., and Ross, R. (2001). DSM-IV TR Case Studies: A Clinical Guide to Differential Diagnosis.
  • Grad, H., Arbarco Blanco, and Georgas, J., (1996). Key Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology (Conference Proceedings of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Garland Science.
  • Laungani, P., (2007). Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology, Sage Publications Limited.
  • Tafarodi, R. W., Shaughnessy, S., Lee, W. W. S., et al, (2009). A Disregard for Outsiders: A Cultural Comparison, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Vol. 40, No. 4, 567-583.

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