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Preparing Counselors of Color for Diverse Cultural Contexts: A Review of Multicultural Textbooks Used in CACREP-Accredited Programs

Kyla M. Sawyer-Kurian, Gwendolyn K. Newsome, Levette S. Dames, Robert A. Horne, and Whitley Grant


This research analyzed the most widely used multicultural textbooks (MCTs) in
CACREP-accredited programs for content that specifically addressed the cultural
competence of counselors of color in training (COCITs). Due to current status of
race relations in the United States, which includes racism, oppression, and
violence that persons of color may experience, there needs to be unique training
for COCITs that addresses possible emotional distress, biases, and ill-feelings 
toward Whites and other persons of color. Cultural competence is not only for
White counselors-in-training, but also for COCITs; therefore, the authors hold
that it is imperative to analyze MCTs for content that focuses on preparing
COCITs. Twenty-two MCTs were reviewed and only five met criteria, albeit at
varying degrees. Examples of content themes included the impact of internalized
oppression, assimilation, and acculturation, as well as challenges related to
voicing true feelings to White faculty and supervisors, and their cultural
competence and skill level in handling COCITs preparation.

Keywords: cultural competence, counselors of color, multicultural textbook
review, CACREP, training

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