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Immersion Into Faith and Culture: A Means of Developing Multicultural Counseling
Mark C. Rehfuss, Agatha Parks-Savage, and Arlene Malone
The rapid diversification of American society over the past two decades has encouraged the counseling profession to recognize and address diversity in both its practice and its training of counselors (D’Andrea, Daniels, & Heck, 1991; Heppner & O’Brien, 1994). Yet, this demographic transformation appears to continue to pose a challenge for counselor educators and their trainees (D’Andrea et al., 1991). A study by Holcomb-McCoy and Myers (1999) indicated that counselors tend to view their training in multicultural competence as inadequate. Moreover, counselor educators, though receptive and eager to meet these challenges, are having a difficult time figuring out how to develop comprehensive multicultural counseling competence (MCC) in their trainees (Alexander, Krucek, & Ponterotto, 2005).