From center to periphery: The Taiwanese counseling Scenario

[Speaker] Kuo, Li-an:1
[Co-author] Lee, Hsin-chien:2
1:National Changhua University of Education (Taiwan), 2:Hsiuping University of Science and Technology (Taiwan)

The purpose of this paper is firstly to provide a comprehensive examination of governmental data about family structures in nowadays Taiwanese society. The types of families exist today in Taiwan are of various structures. According to Taiwan Census data, only 39 percent of children live in a nuclear family unit. Secondly, this paper is to present the empirical evidence relating to the counseling program in Taiwan, which suggests that universities seldom pay attention to peripheral families, especially gay couple and cross national family. Lastly, the paper suggests that the counselor training program, especially family therapy program should provide trainee strategy to assess how broader cultural, political, and institutional contexts shape family outcomes. In particular, the future leaders in the counseling and psychology fields in Taiwan will need skills and the strength to advocate for social justice family counseling paradigm .
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