ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

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Social / Cultural Diversity

Multicultural Issues in Counseling

Mental health professionals work with an increasingly diverse ethnic population, yet their training is usually focused on Western philosophy. Such limitation in training makes it difficult for non-Western and ethnic clients to secure culturally sensitive services. This may be true even when the mental health professional is non-Western. This class will expose students to the historical experiences of colonialism and study its effects on the modern psychological organization of ethnic minorities. The course will explore the mental health needs of African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans, as well as women, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, older individuals and other societal minorities from an historical and cultural perspective. The course will examine how the process of colonialism has affected the present mental health of various minority groups. Students who wish to register for this class should be aware that class discussion may be frank, examining the anger, rage, and other issues of ethnic minorities that make working with them so challenging. It is hoped that through this type of open discussion, students will be better prepared to understand the psychology of ethnic minorities.
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