Counsellor Education for Developing Multicultural Counselling Competencies.Report as inadecuate

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The purpose of this study was to conduct an exploratory investigation of a new course initiative in counselor education for working with culturally diverse populations. The study investigated: (1) outcomes of curriculum targeting multicultural competencies; (2) whether prior training experience in multicultural counseling would have an impact on learning outcomes of students in graduate level courses; and (3) students' meaningful experiences during acquisition of multicultural counseling competencies. The results indicate that the course had an impact on the self-reported multicultural competencies of the participants. Students reported significant increases in both their self-awareness and knowledge/skills for working with culturally diverse clients. Self-awareness is a precondition to the application of knowledge and skills with culturally diverse populations. The results also suggest that the diverse experiences of students do not need to detract from the relevance of course material. They conclude that instruction that promotes both experiential and theoretical learning activities also promotes the acquisition of competencies for professional practice with culturally diverse clients. (Contains 36 references.) (JDM)

Descriptors: Counselor Training, Course Objectives, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence

Author: Arthur, Nancy


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