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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Creating a Culturally Sensitive Environment for Second Language Learners in Counselor Education Programs

Melinda Haley and Don C. Combs


In counselor education, we ask our students to be culturally sensitive and competent when working with culturally different clients, but do we model this behavior for our students? As educators, we ask our students to be sensitive to their clients on a variety of cultural issues such as language, religion, size, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and so forth. We spend considerable time and energy infusing such concepts into our curriculum, evaluating our trainees on their abilities to build cross cultural relationships, and on student ability to understand deeper client meanings, especially with clients who are not culturally similar (Roysircar, Gard, Hubbell, & Ortega, 2005). 

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