Experiential Approach for Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence by Mary L. Fawcett and Kathy M. Evans is an ideal companion text for students preparing for a career in counseling or mental health. Mental health workers-in-training need to learn to work effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds, and this text helps them develop these key skills by providing a ready-made resource of multicultural and diversity activities that instructors can assign to enhance student learning in class. It is applicable to all of the core courses in the counseling curriculum and it is developmentally designed to help students build multicultural and diversity competencies from the beginning level to an advanced level.

Using an Experiential Approach

Using an experiential approach

There is no doubt that most counselors will see clients who differ from themselves culturally and that multicultural skills are essential. Most of the mental health professions have embraced sensitivity to diversity and multicultural competence and have developed written expectations as to how their members are to address differences. However, the multicultural competencies developed through the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and authored by Arredondo et al. (1996a, 1996b) may be the most user-friendly because only this set of competencies provides specific (operationalized) behavioral expectations. The AMCD Multicultural Counseling Competencies outline nine competency areas. These areas are organized within three broad categories:

  • Counselor Awareness of Own Cultural Values and Biases
  • Counselor Awareness of Client's Worldview
  • Culturally ...
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