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Multi-cultural Issues In Mental Health Counseling

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Overview / Abstract:

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

Summarize the historical development of cultural counseling.
Describe contemporary issues in multicultural counseling.
Define worldview, culture, ethnicity, prejudice, and privilege
Describe personal biases, prejudices, and limitations associated with worldview.
Exploring Individual Lifespan and Lifestyle From a Cultural Perspective

Identify the dynamics of diversity and cultural upbringing as they pertain to the counselor in training.
Explain the development of racial and cultural identity.
Determine how differences in culture and context between the counselor and the client may affect counselor effectiveness.
Examine the concerns and struggles often facing cultural counselors in a predominantly North American, youth-oriented, and able-bodied society.
Sociopolitical, Educational, Career, Social, and Personal Growth

Evaluate the educational, professional, and social struggles often facing diverse groups.
Identify common public policy and advocacy issues associated with the accessibility of mental health services.
Examine the social justice role of counselors in eliminating intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination.
The Role of the Counselor and the Counseling Process

Compare how various cultures define the role of the counselor and the role of the client.
Discuss commonalities and differences that exist among diverse groups regarding their attitudes, beliefs, needs, and philosophies toward the counseling process.
Assess local counseling resources and referral agencies that specialize in a subgroup or population.
Cultural Counselor Competencies and Ethical Considerations

Examine ethical guidelines for counseling clients from diverse groups.
Examine AMCD multicultural competencies for counselors.
Describe the characteristics of an effective cultural counselor.
Competent Counseling Interventions for Diverse Populations

Identify cross-cultural issues and interventions.
Identify specific counseling interventions for diverse populations.


Nov 05, 2020


Education (Higher Ed) , Education (K-12) , Counselor CE, Psychology CE





Credits / Hours

3.0 CEU

Keywords / Search Terms

University of Phoenix

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