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If it is possible to genuinely meet and discover each other as persons—actually to empathize with and understand both the cultural beliefs and political views of each other—then I think the obscured future may be penetrated with some clear rays of light that we may realistically hope for a better world. — Carl Rogers (1902-1987)
This program will engage in the study of multicultural counseling from theory, practice, and application. The practice of counseling, applied cultural competency skills, and evolving one's skills as a counselor will be developed throughout the yearlong program. Learning goals include acquiring a theoretical and applied understanding of psychological theory and practice from emotional, biological, cultural, and social contextual perspectives. Expressive-arts therapy practice and experience will be integrated in the program throughout the year. We will incorporate diverse pedagogical strategies including lecture, discussion, dialogue, seminar, films, counseling labs, and expressive-arts therapy laboratories.
During fall students will study personality theory and explore the relationship between personality theory and applied counseling skills. In winter, students will study ethics in the helping professions. During fall and winter quarters students will participate in visual and expressive arts studies in the evening to study cultural identity. In spring students will study abnormal psychology and diverse populations. During some spring weekends students will study applied mindfulness for clinical populations. Social justice, multicultural counseling theory, mindfulness-based practice, integrative health, and emerging therapy paradigms will be explored throughout the yearlong inquiry.
This is an intellectually and emotionally challenging program that best serves students willing to make a nine-month-long commitment that will require 40 hours per week of class time, homework, and an internship experience during winter and spring quarter. In both winter and spring quarters, students will be required to complete 6-credit internships in local health care settings, providing opportunities to integrate theory and practice. The program work will help to prepare you for this internship.
This program will combine with the evening program Studio Arts for Expressive Therapy in fall and winter quarter.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
psychology, social work, human services, and expressive arts therapies.
Credits per quarter
one year of college -level psychology or 12 credits in psychology
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Students should expect to spend between $60- $80 on personal art supplies and clay in the fall and $40 in the winter.
$100 in fall, $75 in winter, and $50 in spring for art supplies for ceramics, drawing, and expressive arts therapy.
Class Size: 24
Located in: Olympia