This is a technique that e;xtends another level of respect to clients, by telling them that their capacities are appreciated, albeit in a different form (language). It also reinforces the notion that cultural differences may be cherished in a group, rather than be reasons for exclusion.

There are at least two contraindications. First, the group must be sufficiently in the treatment phase to handle the level of affect the technique usually elicits. Second, the leader must be able to tolerate the ambiguity of not knowing what the person is saying for some time and rely on her or his ability to read culturally different tone and nonverbal cues.


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