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.

The Multicultural Counseling Competencies

The multicultural counseling competencies

In this chapter, we present an introduction of the Multicultural Counseling Competencies (MCCs) developed by Sue, Arredondo, and McDavis (1992) and conceptualized by Arredondo et al. (1996a, 1996b) to provide an overview of skill development that typically occurs in counselor education training programs. This training is specific to counseling competencies required of all professional counselors and prepares counselors to work with diverse others. Students unfamiliar with the MCCs should spend time with this introductory chapter before moving on to subsequent chapters. Students already familiar with the MCCs may benefit from a review.

Multiculturally competent counselors understand their own world-views and how they are the products of their cultural conditioning (Sue et al., 1992). Additionally, culturally skilled counselors are intentional ...

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