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.



This chapter is designed to increase your familiarity with diverse cultural groups through a focus on specific skills. It is not enough that we as counselors be aware of and knowledgeable about other cultural groups, we also need to be able to engage in culturally appropriate behaviors when we work with clients from diverse groups. Counselors should be able to answer the following questions: What skills does a counselor need to serve diverse populations adequately? What experiences must a counselor have to enhance those skills? How do counselors keep abreast of new developments in knowledge about counseling diverse populations? How do counselors demonstrate the new skills they have acquired? Whereas Arredondo et al. (1996a) referred to past experiences over a period of years, you ...

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