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The Need to Infuse Multicultural Competence Into a Master’s Level Community Counseling Internship
Edward P. Cannon
The majority of master’s level counseling students continue to be White European American (Arredondo, 1998). Research findings have suggested that members of this majority group are both less knowledgeable about multicultural issues and less multiculturally aware than minority group members (Yeh & Arora, 2003). The emergence of multiculturalism as the fourth force mandates counselor education programs to move beyond a monocultural view to a multicultural one. A single class in multicultural issues, taught by one professor, is simply not adequate (Whitfield, 1994). Since the internship plays such a critical role in assisting students to integrate awareness, knowledge, and skills into practice, it is the ideal environment to infuse counselor development with a thoughtful and intentional focus on multiculturalism