ERIC Number: ED465297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-28
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Multicultural Infusion in the Counselor Education Curriculum: A Preliminary Analysis.
Ametrano, Irene Mass; Callaway, Yvonne L.; Stickel, Sue A.
Counselor educators agree on the necessity of preparing counselors in training to work in a diverse society. Traditional training programs have no special accommodations and are characterized by unawareness of the impact of cultural factors in counseling. This paper describes how one university has been working activity to infuse multicultural counseling competencies throughout its program curriculum and analyzes how it uses a five-level pyramid model to incorporate multicultural counseling competencies into the required curricular experiences in a master's program. The base of the pyramid is grounded in training philosophy. In ascending order, the next four levels are learning objectives, instructional strategies, program designs, and evaluation. The multicultural counseling courses use such techniques as didactic instruction, participatory learning, writing assignments, role playing, interviews, catharsis, and reading assignments. Currently, the university has only anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of its curricular changes. Teachers report that student journals reflect increased cultural self-awareness and increased understanding that differences cannot be overlooked. After taking the multicultural courses, students in their practicum experiences are more likely to consider culture in conceptualizing client problems and more wiling to talk about cultural differences between client and counselor. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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