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Experiential Approach for Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence

Experiential Approach for Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence

April 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This text is an ideal companion for anyone preparing for a career in counseling or mental health, applicable to all core courses in the counseling curriculum and developmentally designed to build multicultural and diversity competencies from a beginning to advanced level. As a mental health- worker-in-training you will need to learn to work effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds, and this text provides a ready-made resource of multicultural and diversity activities to enhance your classroom learning.

This book is structured around the nine core areas of the Multicultural Counseling Competencies (MCCs). These competencies are designated by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) to help you learn the critical areas of personal and racial identity, develop an awareness of your own cultural values and biases (knowledge, awareness, and skills), and to build an understanding of both the counselor and client's worldviews. The book devotes three final chapters to culturally appropriate intervention strategies that again strengthen your awareness, knowledge, and skills.


1. Introduction
2. The Multicultural Counseling Competencies
3. Dimensions of Personal Identity and Racial Identity Models
4. Counselor Awareness of Own Cultural Value and Biases, Attitudes and Beliefs
5. Counselor Awareness of Own Cultural Values and Biases, Knowledge
6. Counselor Awareness of Own Cultural Values and Biases, Skills
7. Counselor Awareness of Client's Worldview, Attitudes and Beliefs
8. Counselor Awareness of Client's Worldview, Knowledge
9. Counselor Awareness of Client's Worldview, Skills
10. Culturally Appropriate Intervention Strategies, Beliefs and Attitudes
11. Culturally Appropriate Intervention Strategies, Knowledge
12. Culturally Appropriate Intervention Strategies, Skills
13. Goals and Plans for the Future

Provided important reflection assignments for students developing as multicultural counselors.

Dr Penny Rosenthal
Counseling and Student Personnel, Minnesota State Univ-Mankato
April 11, 2014

It is an excellent book in teaching new counselors how to be competent and courageous when working with their patients of different ethnic backgrounds.

Dr S. Alexander Riley
Health Sciences, United States University
August 28, 2013
Key features


  • Each chapter clearly addresses a core competency in the Multicultural Competency Area.
  • Low-, middle-, and high-risk activities allow each individual to select any activity at the level necessary to develop a competency.
  • Recommendations for further reading embedded within each chapter make it easy to locate specific literature and research related to each multicultural competency area.
  • Intervention Strategy Exercises bring the chapter content to a practical level in terms of counseling interventions.
  • Every activity has a list of relevant and appropriate CACREP core courses.

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