Counselor Education 616

COED 616: Cultural and Diversity Counseling

Prerequisites: COED 610, COED 611

Credit Hours: (3)

This course is designed to provide an overview of human behavior including human diversity and cultural pluralism. Multicultural theories and models of counseling and consulting will be presented and examined. Students also experience multicultural relationship differences.


Detailed Description of Content

1. Human Growth and Development: The Impact of Cultural Variables on Individual Development
2. Ethnocentrism, Racism and Cultural Adjustment: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
3. An Overview of the Helping Processes of Guidance, Counseling and Psychotherapy in a Multicultural Society
4. Awareness of Personal Multicultural Assumptions, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Personal and Professional Perspectives
  • Awareness of Multicultural Assumptions
  • Developing a Multicultural Identity
  • Skills for Multicultural Action

5. Knowledge of Multicultural Information

  • Profiles of the American People: Native Americans, Anglo-Saxon American, White Ethnic Americans
  • Profiles of the American People: African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans

6. Special Problems in Multicultural Counseling and Development

  • Multicultural Issues in Achievement and Educational Progress
  • Work and Career Development
  • Group Relations

7. Ethical Issues in Multicultural Counseling
8. Final Examination


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture, individual projects, videotape materials, and small group activities including simulation and role play.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The course is a didactic and experiential course to promote an understanding of one's personal values and attitudes in the context of a therapeutic counseling relationship with clients from diverse backgrounds. The course also explores theory, concepts, and models of human behavior and the helping process within a context of multicultural diversity in a pluralistic society. The course's purpose is to aid students in becoming knowledgeable and thoughtful about multicultural aspects of the helping process and to be skillful in the art and science of counseling culturally diverse populations.


Assessment Measures

Course grades will be determined according to evaluated performance on the following criteria and assignments:

1. Class Participation 40%

  • Abstracts and Presentation
  • Research Outline

2. Research Paper 30%
3. Final Examination 30%


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

April 1999 Revised