Cross Cultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors

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3 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Develop Skills for Counseling International School Students

To be a counselor in an international school requires culturally focused skills and sensitivities. This course explores the skills and resources necessary to be a culturally competent counselor and provides a practical approach to running effective School Counseling programming for international school communities. Through case presentations, simulations, and other active participation strategies, participants will explore and practice skills related to:

  • The ideal and real role of the International School Counselor
  • Third Culture Kids and Adults
  • Understanding and supporting students, parents and teachers coping with transient populations
  • Ethical cultural dilemmas faced by International School Counselors

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for:

  • Candidates who wish to work or are employed as school counselors in international schools
  • Recent graduates, career changers, aspiring counselors, and educators who wish to develop their competencies in the field of school counseling

Course Format:  Online Fixed-Date (fully online).

Refund Policy: To receive a refund, students need to drop the course at through their student account portal before midnight (11:59PT) on the third day of the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% of the course tuition. No refunds will be issued after this deadline.

Enrollment Open Through:  The first day of class or until maximum enrollment has been met. If maximum enrollment has been met then please add yourself to the Waitlist.

Course Materials: All students will be supplied with access to materials via Google Drive. The Google Drive contains additional required reading materials which will be updated often. The instructor will give a week's notice before covering them in class. The following list of 'recommended' texts are provided to assist students in building a professional library, but may not be explicitly covered in class.

Technical Requirements


Participants currently or formerly have worked in an international counselor position.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
COUN-X563 – 003 06 Sep 202429 Nov 2024 3 $1050

Cross Cultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors

06 Sep 202429 Nov 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Ana Maria Leon
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COUN-X563 – 003 – Cross Cultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors

Number of Sessions: 7

Type Date Time Location Instructors
Online Fri Sep 6, 2024 6:00AM – 8:30AM Online, Online
Online Fri Sep 20, 2024 6:00AM – 8:30AM Online, Online
Online Fri Oct 4, 2024 6:00AM – 8:30AM Online, Online
Online Fri Oct 18, 2024 6:00AM – 8:30AM Online, Online
Online Fri Nov 1, 2024 6:00AM – 8:30AM Online, Online
Online Fri Nov 15, 2024 6:00AM – 8:30AM Online, Online
Online Fri Nov 29, 2024 6:00AM – 8:30AM Online, Online

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Course Dates:  Friday, September 6 – Friday, November 29, 2024, synchronous bi-weekly meetings on Fridays with asynchronous assignments. Meeting times are from 6:00am – 8:30am PT, 48 hours prior to your first course meeting the instructor will reach out with an introduction email.

What You Will Learn

This class will fulfill the learning objectives as outlined in CACREP Standard F.2:

  • Cross cultural and pluralistic characteristics within and among diverse groups internationally
  • Theories and models of cross cultural counseling, cultural identity development, and social justice and advocacy
  • Cross cultural counseling competencies
  • The impact of heritage, attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences on an individual's views of others
  • The effects of power and privilege for counselors and clients
  • Help-seeking behaviors of diverse clients
  • The impact of spiritual beliefs on clients' and counselors' worldviews
  • Strategies for identifying and eliminating barriers, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination


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