ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

The ACA Syllabus Clearinghouse is a joint project of ACA and The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). We will maintain syllabi on many topics from may different learning institutions. Our database will be updated continually with new and exciting courses and will provide a valuable resource to all counselors. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the ACA librarian at 800-347-6647 ext. 281 or

Social / Cultural Diversity

Multicultural Counseling in Educational Settings

This course is a study of the personal, social, political, affective, and behavioral considerations of diversity, explored through critical reflection of the ideas and concepts presented in class. The class utilizes a broad view of diversity which includes factors such as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, ethnic groups, and communities. Multicultural competencies (awareness, knowledge, and skills) in counseling are emphasized, with a focus on pre-k through post-secondary school settings. Awareness is centered on understanding the multiple value systems and worldviews that shape a complex and multi-faceted cultural identity. Emphasis is placed on insight gained into one’s own cultural socialization and biases. Knowledge focuses on acquiring accurate understanding of the various cultural groups within our society. Skills relate to providing counseling services to reduce the risk of indirectly or directly oppressing or showing bias in the counseling relationship. Efforts will be made to provide school counselors and post-secondary student affairs professionals with practical skills, strategies and techniques for use when working with students and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Course content will be enriched through presentations by students, visiting speakers, experiential learning and case studies.
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