Psychotherapy and Cultural Diversity
This course provides an introduction and overview to multicultural competence within the context of the psychotherapeutic relationship and through the development of the counselor/therapist. Self-awareness of one’s own cultural values and biases, awareness of the patient’s worldview, and the application of culturally appropriate intervention strategies are all emphasized. This course addresses the cultural dimensions of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, mental/physical disabilities, and religion/spirituality. The course combines didactic and experiential elements of instruction in order to promote student growth and professional development regarding cultural diversity and the practice of psychotherapy. This course is taken during the first year of the doctoral program and is foundational to the curriculum. As such, subsequent coursework builds upon the knowledge, concepts, and skills introduced in this course.