"Honoring Diversity" 

Monthly column in Counseling Today 

Read past issues of Dr. Collins' monthly column on cultural responsiveness in the counseling profession.

"...honoring diversity and embracing a multicultural approach in support of

the worth, dignity, potential and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts."  

ACA Code of Ethics Preamble (2014, p. 3)

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Reader Comments

"I just wanted to acknowledge your article in Counseling Today discussing the grief of racism.  Of all the literature, speeches, presentations, and motion pictures I have absorbed over the past several years, this is the most simultaneously poignant and all-encompassing piece on race. I will be sharing and referencing this article for a very long time."

R.B., Mental Health Therapist

"Dr. Collins, I so appreciate, and learned from your piece,"Sorrow Buried Alive: Exploring the Grief of Racism," in this month's Counseling Today. 

I now see that I have been missing the critical point of identifying grief as a major component of all types of oppression. 

I will continue to educate myself with the goals of more empathy and improved clinical work with clients now that you have opened my eyes. 

Thanks so much for the important work you do.

K.W., Licensed Professional Counselor

"I read your article on "Racial Colorblindness in the Counseling Relationship" and was hoping to use it in a class for counselor trainees.  I especially liked your race narrative questions and thought we might include that in an orientation course for counselors in our program.

Thank you for writing about this important topic."

S.M.,  Associate Professor

"Thank you so much for your article on Faith-based mental health promotion for the Black communities in the January 2022 issue of Counseling Today. This article blessed me and validated intersectionality between the Black Church and Mental Health Counseling as necessary

to eliminate the stigma of seeking counseling." 

C.S.,  Doctoral Student

"I read your column in Counseling Today and thought it was outstanding.  Might you have time for an informal Q&A with [my] class?...

It would be terrific for them to gain your insights, as your column fits so well with the foundation of the course. 

J.M.,  Professor / Lecturer

"We discussed your article on racism and grief during counseling supervision this evening. It gave me a new understanding of the terms ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief. Oppression of human beings in any form or shape produces the same result. People grieve their loss."  

V.V., Counseling Student