ERIC Number: ED428301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
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Multicultural Counseling Training: A Preliminary Study.
Holcomb-McCoy, Cheryl C.
Given the increasingly diverse makeup of the United States, the probability is high that counselors in all settings will work with clients of differing cultural backgrounds. Accrediting associations, including the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), have recently included cultural and/or diversity content in their training standards. The primary purpose of this preliminary study was to assess recent graduates' perceptions of their multicultural counseling training in their respective entry-level counseling programs. Professional counselors (N=59) were surveyed to assess their perceptions of the multicultural training. A majority of the professional counselors reported that their entry-level counseling programs required and offered multicultural counseling courses. At the same time, however, the respondents reported that many core curriculum courses were not infused with multicultural content. Responses from graduates of CACREP accredited programs did not differ from those of non-CACREP programs. The results revealed that ethnic minority faculty and students are still underrepresented in counseling programs, which raises concerns that students are not receiving adequate training for multicultural counseling. An appendix presents the survey administered. (Contains 5 tables and 32 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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