Social And Multicultural Foundations –


(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 Advisor.

Overview of Cultural Counseling: Current State of the Profession

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

Individual Differences and the Counseling Process

  • Define worldview, culture, ethnicity, prejudice, privilege, and related concepts. 
  • Explore personal biases, prejudices, and limitations associated with worldview.

Individual Differences and the Counseling Process

  • Evaluate how counseling reflects the worldview of the dominant culture and the potential effects on non-dominant cultures.
  • Examine the similarities and differences in how various cultures define the role of the counselor and the role of the client.

Sociopolitical, Educational, Career, Social, and Personal Growth

  • 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.

Cultural Counselor Competencies/Ethical Considerations

  • Describe the characteristics of an effective cultural counselor.
  • Utilize newly acquired insights and strategies that reflect cultural competence.

Counseling Interventions for Diverse Populations

  • Identify cross-cultural issues and interventions for real or hypothetical cases.

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