Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology is the first book to offer the theoretical background, practical knowledge, and training strategies needed to achieve multicultural competence. Focusing on a wide range of professional settings, editors Donald B. Pope-Davis, Hardin L.K. Coleman, William Ming Liu, and Rebecca L. Toporek provide a compendium of the latest research related to multicultural competency and the hands-on framework to develop specialized multicultural practices. An indispensable resource for psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and teachers, Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology is also an ideal supplementary text for students in counseling and clinical practice courses.

Multicultural Competence in School Settings

Multicultural Competence in School Settings

Multicultural competence in school settings
Cheryl C.Holcomb-MccoyUniversity of Maryland at College Park

The current demographics of U.S. schools have challenged school counselors to provide culturally appropriate services to students and their families (Coleman, 1995; House & Martin, 1998; Lewis & Hayes, 1991). In many states (e.g., Texas, California, Florida), ethnic minorities comprise 50% of the total state's population, and in major cities, ethnic minority students comprise the highest percentage of public school enrollments (Hacker, 1992; Sue & Sue, 1987). In addition to the increase in ethnic minority student enrollments, the influx of immigrants and non-English-speaking students poses a serious problem for school counselors who have been trained to use traditional, Eurocentric approaches to counseling and intervention (Lee & Richardson, 1991).

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