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Cultural and Social Diversity in Behavioral Health and Social Services
Course: BHS185

First Term: 2019 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Values, perceptions, attitudes, behaviors emphasizing intercultural communication patterns. Techniques for establishing rapport and interaction methodologies in a multicultural context. Competencies, strategies, and treatment modalities necessary for the paraprofessional working successfully with the multicultural clients.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Apply the counseling process to the needs of multicultural clients. (I, V, IX)
2. Describe culture and counseling. (I, VI, IX)
3. Describe the profiles of Anglo-Americans, White Ethnic Americans, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indian (Native Americans), and Asian Americans. (II)
4. Describe profiles of Hearing-Impaired, Mobility Impaired, Visual Impaired, Learning Disabled, Mentally Disabled, Emotionally Handicapped, Homosexuals, and Women. (III)
5. Identify the effect of various individual differences. (IV, V)
6. Explain ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual, and physical differences. (IV)
7. Identify common terminology used in multicultural counseling. (V)
8. Define minority, prejudice, racism, discrimination, stereotypes, including disabled, and homosexuals. (V)
9. Identify the distinguishing characteristics of multicultural counseling theories. (VI)
10. Describe the basic issues of the educational systems for the multicultural clients. (VII)
11. Identify characteristics of work and career development. (VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Culture and Counseling
   A. Cultural environment
   B. Cultural evolution
   C. Society
II. Profiles of Americans
   A. Anglo saxon
   B. White
   C. Black
   D. Hispanic (Chicanos)
   E. American Indian (Native Americans)
   F. Asian
III. Profiles of special populations
   A. Hearing impaired
   B. Mobility impaired
   C. Visual impaired
   D. Learning disabled
   E. Mentally disabled
   F. Emotionally handicapped
   G. Homosexuals
   H. Women
IV. Differences
   A. Cultural
   B. Color
   C. Racism
V. Cultural elements
   A. Relationships
      1. Family
         a. Extended
         b. Nuclear
         c. Single-parent
      2. Youth
      3. Adult
      4. Elderly
   B. Dynamic factors
      1. Religion
      2. Healing practices
      3. Attitudes
      4. Adjustment
      5. Languages
      6. Identity
      7. Assimilation
      8. Puralism
      9. Bias
      10. Cooperation
      11. Conflict
      12. Conditioning
      13. Death and dying
      14. Life expectancy
      15. Poverty
      16. Acculturation
      17. Racism
      18. Discrimination
      19. Stereotypes
      20. Prejudices
      21. Values
   C. Common terminology
      1. Positive
      2. Negative
VI. Counseling
   A. Length of time
   B. Individual
   C. Group
   D. Family
   E. Substance abuse
   F. Synergistic approach
   G. Traditional approach
   H. Ethics
   I. Values
   J. Relationships
VII. Education
   A. Basic issues
   B. Cultural diversity
   C. Disadvantaged
   D. Formalization
   E. Integration
   F. Status
VIII. Career
   A. Definition
   B. Personal expectation
   C. Characteristics
   D. Location
   E. Theories
   F. Employment
      1. Age
      2. Pay
      3. Application
      4. Resume
      5. Interview
IX. Counseling theories
   A. Traditional approaches
      1. Psychodynamic
      2. Neopsychoanalytic
      3. Existential-humanistic
      4. Behavioral
         a. Conditioned responses
         b. Social learning
         c. Cognitive behavior
   B. Eclectic approaches
      1. Counselor-centered
      2. Process-centered
         a. Communication skills
         b. Model
   C. Synergistic approaches
      1. Selected models
         a. Non-racist/cultural communication
         b. Accountable action
         c. Systemic
         d. Transparent
         e. Culturally specific
      2. Cross-cultural model
      3. Metatheory model
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 26, 2018

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