Multicultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors

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 necessary to be a culturally competent counselor and provides a practical approach to running an effective School Counseling program for an international school community and working with Third Culture Kids.  Through collaborative activities, 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:  Understanding and supporting students, parents ad teachers cope with transient population
  • Identifying the culture of a school and effective programs that can either support or change the culture
  • Increasing your personal self-awareness of multicultural issues
  • Increasing your flexibility in responding to a variety of behavioral and verbal stimuli of culturally different clients

This course is the first course in the 4-course International School Counseling Certificate program.

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 Dates:  Wednesday, August 31 - Friday December 16, 2022, synchronous monthly meetings on Fridays, and weekly asynchronous assignments

Course Format:  Online Fixed-Date (fully online). This course is asynchronous, plus 4 synchronous meetings in Zoom. There are also specific deadline dates for assignments within the set dates of the course.

Schedule: (times are TBD)

September 16th
October 14th
November 18th
December 2nd

Refund Policy: To receive a refund, students need to drop the course at pce.sandiego.edu 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.

Required Materials:  Three texts,

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What You Will Learn

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

  • Multicultural and pluralistic characteristics within and among diverse groups internationally
  • Theories and models of multicultural counseling, cultural identity development, and social justice and advocacy
  • Multicultural 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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Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with seven learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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