• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lynne A Kellner, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Roberta R. Greene, PhD
Item#: B4048
Contents: 1 Course Book (31 pages)

Multicultural Counseling

Price $34.95
Item # B4048
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

As the American population has become increasingly multicultural, cultural competency and multicultural counseling have become an ethical imperative and professional practice standard for most behavioral health professionals. Multicultural counseling involves attending to the needs and worldviews of people who strongly identify with other countries as well as members of minority or immigrant groups who have felt excluded from mainstream American life. The course discusses the diversification of the United States, cultural universality versus cultural relativism, the emotional consequences of race, the inclusive and exclusive nature of multiculturalism, the sociopolitical nature of counseling and therapy, and the ethics of multicultural counseling. Participants will learn about considerations in multicultural counseling, including individualism versus collectivism, family structure, language issues, nonverbal communication, history, politics, and assimilation. The course explores competencies in multicultural counseling, which involve counselor self-awareness, awareness of the client’s worldview, and the use of culturally appropriate interventions. White identity formation is discussed, and brief overviews are provided on counseling African American, Native American, Latino, and Asian American clients. This intermediate-level course will help social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists work with diverse clients in a culturally sensitive manner.

Participants will receive 4 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives
  • Identify factors that can interfere in the counseling relationship between a clinician and clients of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Distinguish between a culturally universalist and a culturally relativistic perspective.
  • Describe counseling method considerations when meeting the needs of culturally diverse clients.
  • Identify attitudes beliefs and skills involved in multicultural counseling competencies.
  • Identify common characteristics of some of the largest minority and cultural groups in the United States.
Lynne A. Kellner, PhD, received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1994. She has worked as an outpatient psychologist providing group and individual counseling to clients in recovery from serious mental illness. Currently she is Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg MA. ´╗┐Lynne Kellner has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.
Roberta R. Greene, PhD, is Professor and Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work experience has included clinical social work with older adults and their families, marriage and family therapy, as well as refugee resettlement. She has worked for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as a staff member and was instrumental in passing the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act (OBRA). She also worked for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as a curriculum development specialist. Dr. Greene is the author of nine books and numerous research articles. She currently is continuing her scholarship through filmmaking and Web site design. In addition, she serves on a number of editorial review boards including the Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Greene is a recipient of the 2004 NASW Pioneer Award and the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) 2005 Career Achievement Award.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.