schc510 | Graduate

Human Diversity And Special Populations In School Counseling

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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 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Individual Differences and the Counseling Process

    • Evaluate how counseling reflects the worldview of the dominant culture and the potential effects on nondominant cultures.
    • Examine the similarities and differences in how various cultures define the role of the counselor and the role of the client.
    • Define worldview, culture, ethnicity, prejudice, privilege, and related concepts.
    • Explore the personal biases, prejudices, and limitations associated with a worldview.
    • Explore the dynamics of diversity and cultural upbringing as they pertain to the counselor in training.

    Culture, Lifespan and Lifestyle, and Misunderstandings

    • Utilize newly acquired insights and strategies that reflect cultural competence.
    • Assess commonalities and differences that exist among various diverse groups regarding their attitudes, beliefs, needs, and philosophies, and propose effective counseling strategies.
    • Describe the characteristics of an effective cultural counselor.
    • 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.

    Overview of Cultural Counseling: Current State of the Profession

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

    Sociopolitical, Educational, Career, Social, and Personal Growth

    • Examine the similarities and differences within the dominant culture, including distinctions among European American ethnic groups.
    • Evaluate the educational, professional, and social struggles often facing diverse groups in a predominantly European American, youth-oriented, and able-bodied society.

    Cultural Counselor Competencies/Ethical Considerations

    • Examine ethical guidelines for counseling clients from diverse groups.
    • Compare and contrast counseling strategies that are effective and applicable to diverse populations.
    • Assess local counseling resources and referral agencies that specialize in a subgroup or population.
    • Discuss how differences in culture and context between the counselor and the client may affect counselor effectiveness.

    Counseling Interventions for Diverse Populations

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