An awareness of divergent cultural values, assumptions, and family
dynamics is essential to the contemporary practice of psychotherapy.
Students are encouraged to begin the process of garnering multicultural
competency by examining their own attitudes and biases, increasing their
knowledge of diverse populations, and developing skills related to service
provision. Through experiential exercises and assignments, this course
examines the conceptual and theoretical foundations of cross-cultural
psychotherapy and encourages students to evaluate their readiness
to engage in a process of developing competency in this arena. An
introduction to the distinctives of several cultural groups is provided.