Interkulturell beraten und interkulturelle Handlungskompetenz entwickeln: Ganzheitlich

Translated title of the contribution: Developing Intercultural Competence through a Holistic Consulting and Counselling Approach

Kerstin Martel

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In the context of global mobility the number of individuals living and working with people from other cultural backgrounds is continuously increasing. The skills needed for successful interaction in a multicultural setting are not inherent, but need to be developed and nurtured over time. This article illustrates the need for a holistic and inclusive approach in consulting and coaching, in order to strengthen intercultural co-operation in the working environment. The author develops a comprehensive methodology for analysing complex intercultural situations from a systemic and relationshipbased approach on the one hand and through the lens of the individuals' leitmotif (with reference to Adler) on the other hand. This is illustrated with a case study. On the one hand, concrete measures can be derived from an analysis of the context and the specific situation. Moreover, a change in perspective and perception can be triggered on a personal level. This gives a solid foundation and sets a starting point for the individual to explore new opportunities and ways of interacting in a multicultural environment, simultaneously fostering enduring intercultural skills.
Translated title of the contributionDeveloping Intercultural Competence through a Holistic Consulting and Counselling Approach
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift für Individualpsychologie
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)217–232
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • Intercultural management
  • Cross-cultural relations
  • International human resources
  • Organisational development
  • Intercultural coaching

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