ERIC Number: ED452464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Counselors, Students of Color, and College: Student-Centered and Systemic Multicultural Interventions.
Gary, Juneau Mahan
Student demographics on campuses increasingly reflect diversity. A counselor's ability to help this emerging campus population requires the use of multicultural interventions that affect the student and the system. Counselors must redefine the process of clinical assessment and intervention to include ethnocultural factors and they must intervene at the systemic level. Attention to ethocultural factors requires familiarity with a non-Western value system that reflects group harmony, deference to the needs of the family, and interdependence rather than a traditional western value system. Students of color generally respond well to culturally appropriate interventions, yet relevant assessment and intervention strategies vary for each group of students. Several suggestions are given on how counselors can develop and refine cultural assessment and intervention skills. Some suggestions include: (1) understand how a person's ethnocultural factors may affect others; (2) seek training opportunities that broaden understanding of how social, political, and global realities affect students' perception and response to their environment; and (3) develop supervision skills that value and stress a student's ethnocultural factors. Collectively, all helping professionals must commit to systemic interventions that strengthen the multicultural and human relations skills on campus to make the whole campus receptive to student diversity. (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Note: This paper is a revision of a conference workshop presented at the International Counseling Conference (8th, San Jose, Costa Rica, June 15-16, 2000).