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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Pamela A. Viggiani, PhD, LMSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Amy L. Cook, PhD
Item#: B4254
Contents: 1 Course Book (54 pages)

Cultural Humility in Counseling

Price $29.95
Item # B4254
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 26, 2017

Expiration Date: October 25, 2020

The American population is extremely diverse and in the upcoming years diversity in the US will continue to increase. Professionals engaged in counseling must become increasingly self-aware and must understand both how their own unique individual experiences influence their worldviews and values and how the unique individual experiences of their clients influence each client’s worldviews and values. This course discusses intersectionality and the ways that various ethnic and racial groups may have a diversity of beliefs, social structures, interactional patterns, and expectations, and how each individual client has various intersecting dimensions of diversity that include socioeconomic class, sexuality, gender identification, and dis/ability. Because of the significance of these factors, the course presents counselors with information about cultivating the skills of practicing with cultural humility. Cultural humility in counseling goes beyond counselors having knowledge of specific cultural and minority groups with whom they work as described in traditional cultural competency frameworks. The course emphasizes culturally humble counselors acting as allies with clients working toward positive personal change.  This highlights the ethical responsibility of counselors to develop multicultural and social justice counseling competencies to effectively work and ally with diverse clientele.

Moreover, the course provides information necessary for the counselor to recognize the roles that power, privilege, and oppression play in both the counseling relationship and the experiences of clients. Although the perspective of this course is influenced by the author’s own unique facets of diversity, it is likely that clinicians of various backgrounds will benefit and find applicability to their practices. This intermediate-level course presents an introduction to cultural humility and offers tools for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists to use in working with diverse clients in a culturally humble manner. 

  • Social Workers will receive 3 (cultural competency) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1864 from 05/03/2018 to 05/03/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Social and Cultural Competence 3

Course Objectives

  • Describe dimensions of diversity in the United States.
  • Identify factors that can interfere in the counseling relationship between a clinician and clients of diverse cultural backgrounds, including issues related to oppression, privilege, and marginalization.
  • Explain cultural humility as an essential part of counseling, including core components and key considerations.
  • Describe the role of societal and institutional accountability within the counseling context.
  • Differentiate cultural humility and multicultural competency.


Pamela A. Viggiani, PhD, LMSW, received her doctoral degree in social welfare from the State University of New York at Albany in 1997. She has worked as a professor of social work in both undergraduate and graduate settings. Currently she is an associate professor of social work at The College at Brockport, teaching in the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master in Social Work Program and acting as the undergraduate program director. She teaches course content in diversity, cultural humility, human rights, social justice, and social welfare policy.


Amy L. Cook, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts–Boston. She received a PhD in educational psychology with a concentration in counseling psychology from the University of Connecticut. She has worked in urban schools and mental health agencies, providing counseling services to students, clients, and families. She speaks Spanish fluently and resided in Puerto Rico, where she attended the University of Puerto Rico. Her research interests focus on reducing racial/ethnic inequalities in education and promoting equity, access, and positive youth development. She focuses on these outcomes through community-engaged research with youth in partner schools and organizations and through school counselor training. She is committed to using scholarly research in a manner that advances democratic collaboration and educational equity. Dr. Cook teaches courses in cultural diversity in counseling; professional, ethical, and legal issues; collaborative consultation in schools; orientation to professional school counseling; research in counseling and psychology; and practicum. Through her teaching, she incorporates community engagement and scholarly research outcomes that prepare graduate students in developing social justice counseling competencies to empower urban youth.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.