Multicultural Counseling

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The course presents an in-depth study of counseling and therapy from a multicultural perspective.  Emphasis is on the unique features and concerns in working with culturally and ethnically different clients in school and mental health settings.  In addition, the course focuses on the development of skills needed to work with culturally different families.



  • Describing the multicultural counseling competencies as defined by the American Counseling Association.
  • Analyzing major theories of multicultural counseling.
  • Recognizing unique and universal characteristics of culturally diverse populations.
  • Discussing sociopolitical factors such as poverty, environment, economics and how they affect families and various cultural groups.
  • Understanding discrimination, prejudice, racism, and the history of oppression from a multicultural perspective.
  • Discussing the psychology of gender and sexual orientation from a multicultural perspective.
  • Understanding the family structure and family dynamics from a multicultural perspective.
  • Understanding ways to create, maintain, and advocate for a school environment that is culturally sensitive, responsive, and inclusive to all learning environments.
  • Understanding the impact of environmental influences on learners’ development and achievement and facilitating learners’ development of strategies that help them cope with situations that may hinder learning.
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of human diversity by providing equitable guidance and counseling services for all learners and by promoting a climate of mutual respect in which students learn to value themselves and others.
  • Understanding the aspects of counseling and guidance from a multicultural perspective.
  • Describing cultural values, educational needs, and attitudes of culturally different clients and their relevance to learning development.
  • Demonstrating the differences in assessment, evaluation, and treatment skills required when working with culturally diverse populations.
  • Defining culture as it relates to multi-ethnic populations including gender and its relevance to learning development.
  • Understanding multicultural counseling and guidance from the perspective of various ethnic groups.
  • Demonstrating culturally appropriate approaches, skills, and strategies for various cultural groups.

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