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Providing Equitable Services: Implementing Bilingual Counseling Certification in Counselor Education Programs
Anna McCaffrey and Steven J. Moody
The ever-growing diversity within the population’s professional counselors calls for training programs to provide opportunities where bilingual competency can be developed. Moving multicultural competencies to action requires that educators and supervisors develop the infrastructure that will help facilitate professional counselors working with clients that speak different languages. This article looks at the Latino population and what barriers exist within the field and proposes specific guidelines for establishing a bilingual counseling certification program.
Keywords: multicultural, bilingual certification, training programs