Cultural Humility: A Framework When Religious and Sexual Identities Conflict


  • Rosanna Aijian Rosemead School of Psychology
  • David C. Wang


This paper presents a narrative detailing a shift from a framework of cultural competence to cultural humility that took place for one clinical psychologist in training. The pressure to achieve cultural competence as a clinician-in-training who is under supervision is a common experience among trainees, but one that can be altered through the encouragement and modeling of cultural humility. Training programs, through supervision and faculty mentoring, have the capacity to guide future clinicians to incorporate elements of cultural humility into their clinical work. This guidance provides space for trainees to become aware of their own values, beliefs, and schemas that impact their comfortability in engaging with diverse cultural identities. The process and experience of embracing cultural humility with its challenges and success is explored through the lens of one training practitioner as they navigate religious and sexual identities.


How to Cite

Aijian, R., & Wang, D. C. (2020). Cultural Humility: A Framework When Religious and Sexual Identities Conflict. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 26(2), 114–122. Retrieved from



Cultural Humility in Education and Practice