Examination of multicultural issues as they relate to the delivery of services provided by school counselors and school psychologists. Theoretical and applied aspects emphasized and case study format utilized. Prerequisite: graduate standing in school psychology or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
The multicultural issues course is designed to provide an introduction to some of the cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic variables that impact service delivery in school psychology. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural and ethnic differences among individuals, groups, and families. Students will enhance their ability to apply their knowledge in the area of multicultural issues to their personal lives as well as their professional work.
Student learning goals
To increase students awareness of their own cultural heritage and examine how it shapes their attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors.
To develop an awareness of how ethical standards address differences related to ethnicity, cultural background, gender, and sexual orientation
To become familiar with practice standards related to multicultural service delivery designed by the APA and NASP professional organizations.
To recognize cultural variations within and between ethnic groups. To develop greater sensitivity to ethnic minority issues that may impact ones diagnostic impressions and clinical intervention approaches for individuals of differing cultures.
To analyze and problem solve ethical dilemmas that may arise in cross cultural professional relationships.
To develop and implement culturally appropriate clinical interventions for children and families of diverse backgrounds.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Grading for this course is offered on a credit/no credit basis. Credit will be given to students who successfully achieve the following: Attend all class sessions or have no more than 1 excused absence An excused absence is an absence where the professor is notified in advance. On time class attendance There shall be no more than 3 tardies to class during the quarter. Completion of all assignments on time (journal, cross cultural visits, final paper) Participation in class discussions and presentations