Social And Multicultural Foundations – cnsl557 (3 credits)

This course is designed to be a foundation for understanding diversity among clients in a pluralistic society. Emphasis will be on integrating awareness, knowledge, and skills related to counseling differences and similarities based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliations, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical/mental limitations, social class, etc.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Overview of Cultural Counseling: Current State of the Profession

  • Examine the historical development of cultural counseling.
  • Identify emerging standards concerning delivery of services in mental health.
  • Explore contemporary issues.

Individual Differences and the Counseling Process

  • Define worldview, culture, ethnicity, prejudice, privilege, and related concepts.
  • Explore personal biases, prejudices, and limitations associated with worldview.
  • Explore the dynamics of diversity and cultural upbringing as they pertain to the counselor in training.

Cultural, Lifespan, and Lifestyle Misunderstandings

  • Assess commonalities and differences that exist among various diverse groups regarding their attitudes, beliefs, needs, and philosophies, and propose effective counseling strategies.
  • Examine ethical guidelines for counseling clients from diverse groups.
  • Assess local counseling resources and referral agencies that specialize in a subgroup or population.
  • Evaluate the educational, professional and social struggles often facing diverse groups in a predominantly European-American, youth-oriented, and able-bodied society.

Cultural, Lifespan, and Lifestyle Misunderstandings

  • Examine the concerns and struggles often facing cultural counselors in a predominantly European-American, youth-oriented and able-bodied society.
  • Demonstrate newly acquired insights and strategies that reflect the differences of diverse populations.
  • Discuss how differences in culture and context between the counselor and the client may affect counselor effectiveness.
  • Compare and contrast counseling strategies that are effective and applicable to diverse populations.

Cultural Counselor Competencies and Ethical Considerations

  • Describe the characteristics of an effective cultural counselor.
  • Utilize newly acquired insights and strategies that reflect cultural competence.
  • Identify cross-cultural issues and interventions for real or hypothetical cases.

Sociopolitical, Educational, Career, Social, and Personal Growth

  • Evaluate how counseling reflects the worldview of the dominant culture and the potential effects on non-dominant cultures.
  • Examine the similarities and differences within the dominant culture, including distinctions among European-American ethnic groups.
  • Examine the similarities and differences in how various cultures define the role of the counselor and the role of the client.

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