Standard 3

Socio-Cultural Competence

The program provides candidates with opportunities and experiences to display an understanding of ways in which ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental factors influence pupil learning and achievement. Candidates will learn skills to work effectively with pupils and their families from diverse backgrounds. The program provides candidates with an understanding and appreciation for diversity.

An understanding of the importance of developing cultural competence is provided to candidates in order to effectively serve diverse and changing communities. The program provides candidates with an understanding of the ways in which educational policies; programs and practices can be developed, adapted, and modified to be culturally congruent with the needs of pupils and their families.

Introduction

The diversity dimension that permeates all courses in the PPS program exposes counseling candidates to cultural differences, diversity, and life style issues.  This exposure is designed to examine useful strategies for the needs of a culturally, socially, and economically diverse American population.  To address this important set of issues, each student is asked to complete a course in Coun 201, Seminar in Multicultural Aspects of Counseling.  In this setting, students have opportunities to explore self-awareness along racial, cultural, and ethnic lines.  They are helped to explore attitudes, values, behaviors, and communication styles that could impede or facilitate a cross-cultural relationship.  The student is asked to identify, provide, and implement strategies for culturally responsive practices. 

Factors to Consider

1. Primary course that addresses Standard 3:

All objectives of Coun 201, Seminar in Multicultural Aspects of Counseling, address factors to consider in Standard 3, Socio-Cultural Competence.  The objectives are listed below:

Coun 201

Objectives:

  • Be aware of your own cultural values, biases and ethnic identity.  The graduate student will explore personal attitudes, values, and behaviors, as well as explore his/her own racial/cultural identity with respect to the culturally different client.  
  • Gather information and gaining social/historical understanding regarding a selected non-mainstream, socio-cultural population in the United States.  The advanced student will gain knowledge of the varied social and psychological experiences of selected U.S. American minority, immigrant and recent refugee groups.
  • Apply counseling/psychological theory and data to cross-cultural communication.  The graduate student will identify significant communication and relationship patterns that may impede or enhance the cross-cultural counseling interaction process. 
  • Review current literature on methods and outcome studies in cross-cultural counseling and therapy.
  • Learn to identify strategies for implementing culturally responsive counseling and therapeutic practices.
  • Identify ethical issues relevant to counseling the culturally different.

In order to meet the above objectives, candidates are provided with the following activities:

  • Assignment Participate in an Immersion/Emersion Project in which candidates are asked to meet with someone of a different background once a week for an hour
  • Develop a treatment intervention based on the healthy aspects of the informant’s background

2. Secondary courses that address factors to consider in Standard 3:

In addition, other courses in the PPS program reinforce candidates’ knowledge and experience relating to cross-cultural issues and further develop candidates’ competence and proficiency in rendering services in school settings.

Course

Course objectives

Coun 150

The student will identify multicultural issues and concerns that relate to specific applications of law relating to minors.

Assignment: LawsA

Coun 200

Compare and contrast counseling techniques appropriate for various client populations, including multicultural and social equity populations

Assignment: TechniquesA

Coun 202

The student will identify approaches used in working with persons from varied social, ethnic, and cultural diversity groups, including people with disabilities and evaluateattitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences, including specific experiential learning activities designed to foster understanding of self and culturally diverse clients Assignment: GroupA

Coun 203

The student will identify approaches used in working with persons from varied social, ethnic, and cultural diversity groups, including people with disabilities and evaluateattitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences, including specific experiential learning activities designed to foster understanding of self and culturally diverse clients Assignment: AsssessmentA

Coun 206

Identify the limitations of traditional developmental models with respect to ethnic, cultural and special populations.

Identify the effects of family dynamics, family life cycle events, and socioeconomic factors on development. Assignment: LifespanR

Coun 208

To provide experiences directed toward the improvement of candidate’s ability to communicate with clients of all ethnic, racial and cultural diversity groups and be involved in the necessary activities toward solution of identified problems. Assignment: PracticumR

Coun 220

Relate career development counseling and cultural value systems to populations and groups CareerA

Coun 233

Understands family development and the life cycle, sociology of the family, family phenomenology, contemporary families, family wellness, families and culture, aging and family issues, family violence, and related family concerns

Assignment: TheraplayA

Coun 240

Demonstrate the ability to work knowledgeably, effectively, and sensitively with families whose culture and/or language differs from his or her own

Assignment: ExceptionalA

Coun 241

Able to promote the use of ethical standards and procedures in working with pupils who come from different socio-economic, racial, and social backgrounds. Assignment: OrganizationA

Coun 242

Identify the cultural issues in developing and applying methods of consultation services. Assignment: AdvocacyA

Coun 249

Demonstrate an awareness of socio-cultural factors by working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds in an approved elementary school setting.

Assignment: FieldworkA

CI 285

Students become more conversant with culturally-based theories of learning and implications for practice Assignment: CurriculumA

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