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Counselor Educators’ Preparedness to Lead International Cultural Immersion: Walking the Talk
Shirlene Smith-Augustine, LaCheata Hall, Angel Riddick Dowden, and Lee Belton Tobin
International cultural immersion has emerged as an experiential strategy with great potential to develop and enhance counseling students’ multicultural competence. Counselor educators, as immersion leaders, play an integral role in planning and executing successful international cultural immersions; however, counselor educators’ experiences and the corresponding impact of cultural immersion on their multicultural competence have received little focus in the literature. This article describes two counselor educators’ experiences as they led a group of ethnic minority graduate students in an international immersion, discusses the importance of faculty preparedness in facilitating the immersion, and highlights the impact of the international immersion on faculty’s multicultural competence.
Keywords: international immersion, cultural competence