Multicultural Counseling: A Holistic Perspective

Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

Taught by

development/learning, abnormal psychology, multicultural psychology


At least one quarter of college-level study in programs covering general principles of psychology, critical reasoning skills and quantitative reasoning, as well as college-level writing and reading proficiency as evidenced by faculty evaluations.

The program is designed to meet the multicultural counseling competency requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA): counselor awareness of his or her own cultural values and biases, counselor awareness of the client’s worldview and culturally appropriate intervention strategies. Students will critically examine roles of ethnocentric bias, attribution error, asymmetric perception, social projection, implicit learning, inappropriate generalizations in research, governmental and institutional policies, and developing inter- and intra-personal communications. Each quarter, students are required to complete reflective and transformative learning activities, participate in somatic psychology through mindfulness movement, record weekly conscious raising activities, participate in videotaped counseling skill building, semiweekly intensive journal writing and weekly collaborative work. Fall quarter emphasis is awareness of students’ own values and biases through writing their own personality development according to conventional personality theories. Winter quarter emphasis is awareness of the client’s worldview through increasing critical reasoning skills, learning to integrate scientific inquiry with clinical inquiry by learning to examine primary research journal articles and their utility in counseling, in addition to learning multicultural counseling skills. Spring quarter emphasis is culturally appropriate assessment, diagnosis and treatment through learning the APA's ethics code. In both winter and spring quarters, students will be required to complete internships of 10 hours per week at social and human service organizations which provide opportunities to apply their classroom learning in a practical setting.

The program will emphasize consciousness studies, psychological research interpretation, studies in internalized oppression/privilege and systemic oppression/privilege, multicultural counseling theories and practice, and social justice and equity.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

counseling, social work, human and social services.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning (FW), Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online (S):

Internship Required

Winter/Spring: 10 hours per week internship required in both quarters. Students must complete an In-program Internship Learning Contract (designed for this program) in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Senior ONLY

Maximum enrollment: 24


Signature Required

The program is highly structured and intellectually as well as emotionally intense. The application is designed to let students know the faculty's expectations and assess students’ accountability, openness, commitment to the program, tolerance for difference and ambiguity, and ability to collaborate. Students will also be asked for a copy of an evaluation (transfer students can provide a list of courses taken). Applications are available at . Applications received by the Spring Academic Fair of 2014, will be given priority. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Course Reference Number

Sr (16 credits): 10129

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Enrollment Closed

Course Reference Numbers

Sr (16 credits): 20076
Sr (1-16 credits): 20548

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Enrollment Closed

Course Reference Numbers

Sr (16 credits): 30058
Sr (1-16 credits): 30297

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