Building Our Collective Knowledge Base and Next Steps
This unit will offer an opportunity to reflect on the readings, activities, and courageous conversations that we have engaged in this quarter. Throughout the course, we have been introduced to and challenged to apply the principles of multicultural counseling and therapy, and to consider our role as advocates at the community level and in the public arena. As we move forward in our training and specializations, we will continue to be called upon to cultivate the awareness, knowledge, and skills practiced here in new and more advanced ways.
Before parting, we will take one last opportunity to benefit from the diverse perspectives each of us has brought forward. We will be asked to share new knowledge and insights. We will also consider our next steps on the journey to cultural competence.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Articulate one’s role in cultivating self-awareness and becoming sensitive to the characteristics and concerns of diverse populations.
2. Describe the culturally supported practices and strategies that you would integrate with your counseling practice to promote optimal wellness and growth of the human spirit, mind, and body.
3. Articulate one’s role in promoting cultural social justice, advocacy, and conflict resolution, including examples at the individual, community, and national level.
4. Describe a plan for continuing the journey to cultural competence.
Learning Activities Studies
Use the Library to complete the following:
• In Pedersen, Crethar, and Carlson’s Inclusive Cultural Empathy: Making Relationships Central in Counseling and Psychotherapy, read Chapter 11, “Conclusion: Developing Multicultural Awareness, Knowledge, and Skill,” pages 223–241.
• In Sue and Torino’s Handbook of Racial-Cultural Psychology and Counseling, Volume 2: Training and Practice, read Chapter 1, “Racial-Cultural Competence: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills,” pages 3–18.
Question: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
As this course wraps up, take some time to reflect on what you have learned about culturally competent counseling and social justice advocacy. Referencing both the Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy Competencies introduced in Unit 1, the study activities in this unit, and the readings throughout the course:
• Articulate your role as a counselor in developing cultural self-awareness and discuss your gains in self-awareness as a result of this course. Include one example of a gain in your self-awareness at each of the levels of the tripartite model of personal identity: individual, group and universal.
• Articulate your role as a counselor in becoming familiar with the characteristics and concerns of diverse populations and integrating culturally supported behaviors that promote optimal wellness and growth of the human spirit, mind, and body, and provide an example of a culturally supported behavior you would integrate into your counseling practice.
• Articulate your role in promoting cultural social justice, advocacy, and conflict resolution, and provide an example of advocacy for a client in your specialization area at the individual, community, and national level.
• Discuss your goals with respect to continuing your journey to cultural competence and identify at least three steps you will take in the next year toward achieving these goals.