PSY439 Counseling Diverse Populations

Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit

Course Description

An introduction to diversity and multicultural perspectives in psychology, and their impact on counseling practices. Focus will be on dimensions of culture, ethnicity, life style, religion, gender, identity development models and the effects of privilege and oppression on individuals and groups. Basic multicultural counseling competencies will be presented, with opportunities for student self-examination and practice of strategies and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define, compare, and contrast in written form emic and etic approaches to multicultural counseling. Critique differences between these approaches to client conceptualization, problem descriptions, and treatment.
  • Describe their own schemas, values and attitudes associated with their racial identity, religious affiliation, nationality, acculturation, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, age, appearance and abilities in oral or written form. Articulate related personal biases and blind spots that may facilitate or impede the counseling relationship and progress.
  • Demonstrate an increased in-depth understanding in written and oral forms of cultural norms, beliefs and values of at least one population that is significantly different from their own culture of origin.
  • Demonstrate beginning skills of rapport-building, empathic listening, reflecting, feedback and goal-setting with a range of individuals who are culturally different from them, and whose norms and values may contradict their own through role playing.
  • Discuss standardized and psychological testing concerns and limitations when working with diverse populations.