Counseling and Service Delivery to Arab and Southeast Asian Populations
Residing in a post-9/11 society, are we truly addressing the rehabilitation needs and concerns of those individuals of Arab or South East Asian descent? What are some of the issues important to these individuals? How can rehabilitation professionals adequately understand and help to support individuals belonging to these cultural groups in outcomes and goals? This presentation will give a brief introduction of these groups from a historical perspective. Issues regarding religion, culture, gender differences, and social ideals in relation to disability will be investigated. The present situation(s) of the Arab-American and South East Asian-American will be addressed. The role of rehabilitation with respect to these groups will also be discussed. Through the use of question/answer and discussion, the audience will be able to gain a better understanding of these particular groups and issues surrounding successful rehabilitation outcomes. Handouts will be made available to audience members.
Keywords: Counseling, Arab, Services, Rehabilitation, Culture
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry