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The Counselor in a Multicultural Society
Course: CAP220

First Term: 2021 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Current theories and research on culture, race and ethnicity, gender and other aspects of cultural diversity in a multicultural society through the lens of counseling. Focus on personal perspectives, will explore themes, theories, topics and research related to power, privilege and oppression in the United States as applied to counseling discipline.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain core dimensions of human diversity such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, age, disability, gender, and sexual orientation. (I-IV)
2. Identify one`s personal and social identities as it applies to the counseling relationship in the context of a multicultural society. (I-VI)
3. Analyze power, privilege, and oppression within interpersonal and societal contexts and norms and how they influence the counseling process. (I-VI)
4. Evaluate how social, historical, and political dimensions influence contemporary experiences of members of minority and majority groups. (I-VI)
5. Examine intergroup dialogue techniques as they relate to the dynamics of a counseling session. (I-VI)
6. Integrate key concepts and theories in diversity and social oppression within the counseling discipline. (I-VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Human diversity
   A. Definitions
   B. Theories
   C. Intersectionality
II. Dimensions of identity
   A. Social construction of difference
      1. Identities
      2. Marginalization
      3. Oppression
   B. Identity development theories
   C. Personal inventory of identities
III. Power, privilege, and oppression
   A. Definitions
   B. Values
   C. Biases
   D. Beliefs/assumptions
   E. Power structures and systems
      1. Group membership advantages and disadvantages
      2. Access and control of resources
      3. Social justice and advocacy
IV. Social group membership
   A. Majority groups
   B. Minority groups
   C. Intersection/Influence of dimensions
      1. Historical
      2. Social
      3. Political
V. Intergroup dialogue techniques
   A. Self awareness
   B. Other awareness
   C. Techniques
   D. Conflict response/resolution
VI. Integration
   A. Helper role
      1. Bias management
      2. Limitations
   B. Advocacy competency domains within counseling
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 27, 2021

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