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.



Sue and Sue (2003) lament that the training counselors receive in working with diverse populations is not as effective as it could be because it often lacks several dimensions, one of which is the application of skills. There is no way that a counselor can actually learn how to work with any clients, much less culturally different clients, without having exposure to clients in face-to-face meetings. The activities in this chapter are designed to give you opportunities to work directly with someone who is significantly different from you (a client, fellow student, other volunteer). The risk factors involved increase with your lack of familiarity with particular populations. Although trying out these skills under supervision with actual clients is the best way to get real ...

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