Fall 2023 - EDUC 324 D100
Foundations of Multicultural Counselling (3)
Class Number: 4845
Delivery Method: In Person
Provides an introduction to multicultural counselling and human diversity with an emphasis on culture, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, and abilities.
This course consists of 2 parts.Part 1 introduces students to major as well as emerging themes in the scholarly field of multicultural counselling. Themes to be explored through this part include:
- Defining “culture”
- Multicultural counselling competence (MCC): Theory, research, practice, and education
- Role of attitude and experiential learning in MCC
- Microcultural variables: Race/ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, socioeconomic status and PDI
- Personal Dimensions of Identity & Intersectionality
- Models of identity development
- Cultural transition/relocation, models of acculturation and psychosocial adaptation
- Intergenerational issues in multicultural counselling
- Values, beliefs, spirituality & worldviews
- Indigenous approach to healing
- Healing approaches around the globe
- Fundamentals of intercultural communications
- Helping skills, media and psychoecology of healing across cultures
- Models of “Cultural” empathy
- Impact of sociopolitical forces on counselling process (e.g., colonization, oppression, stigma, social exclusion, racism, privilege, power, war/genocide)
- Post-Genocide psychosocial support in Rwanda
- Emerging clinical engineering in the UK – the transdiagnostics
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in the UK
- Buddhism, Zen & Japanese Morita Therapy
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Articulate an understanding of common group identities and differences that may impact the counselling relationship.
- Explore and evaluate their own cultural beliefs, values, and biases, and how these might intersect with the beliefs, values, and biases of their clients.
- Demonstrate an understanding of complex concepts such as ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, age, ability levels, and religion in the context of mental health and counselling.
- Articulate personal biases and blind spots that might influence the counselling relationship and process.
- Demonstrate an understanding of key multicultural counselling competencies, in particular fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
- Class attendance & engagements 10%
- Community resources & field immersion report 25%
- Learning portfolio 25%
- Major exploration team paper (group project) 40%
No final exam
No text required. Weekly readings are provided and stored in CANVAS File for EDUC324 for student access
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.