Cultural Humility in Counseling - C6519


About Course #C6519

Release Date: October 26, 2017

Expiration Date: October 26, 2022

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.

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.

About the Author

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • 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.

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