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Cultural influences and mandated counseling in Malaysia


Abu Talib, Mansor (2010) Cultural influences and mandated counseling in Malaysia. Asian Culture and History, 2 (2). pp. 28-33. ISSN 1916-9655; ESSN: 1916-9663


It is unfair to conclude that Western and Eastern differences have caused conflict in the practice of counselling, especially in mandated counselling. It is reasonable to assume that without the Western approach and understanding of counselling, the East would still be unable to develop their own theory of helping. How then does one compare different approaches? Such an assessment can be argued clearly from a cultural perspective as in the case of mandated counselling. This paper discusses the influence of culture which has shaped the practice of mandated counselling and the appropriate practice of mandated counselling in a Malaysian setting. Many of the points discussed here are drawn from the data informed by seven informants in a research entitled ‘Mandated Counselling In Malaysia: A Heuristic Phenomenological Inquiry Of Involuntary Participation’. The phenomenon of counselling as originated and practised in the West, which has served as the significant model for the Malaysian style of counselling, is discussed. The concept of guidance and crisis intervention in counselling as practised in Malaysia has shaped the appropriate acceptance of mandated counselling. Respect for authority, a need to ‘save face’, directives from the authority and the values of we-ness makes mandated counselling in a Malaysian setting a relevant intervention.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5539/ach.v2n1p28
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Keywords: Mandated counselling; Referral; Malaysian culture; Helping; Phenomenology
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 01:08
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2015 08:52
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/12681
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