A. General Instructional Objectives
This course seeks to:
- Move students toward a more global mindset.
- Help students assess the current research on social problems and social values.
- Develop students’ understanding of the cultural and historical nature of social and cultural issues and their influence on personal attitudes.
- Assist the student in developing a personal orientation toward social issues and social values that is premised on a Christian worldview.
- Encourage students to develop sensitivity to the myriad of issues that impact cross-cultural communications, and how to minimize the communication barriers inherent in this process.
- Assist the student in developing various counseling strategies and techniques useful in working with diverse populations and ethnic groups.
- Explore theories of multicultural counseling, theories of identity development and multicultural competencies.
- Examine advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients
B. Specific Behavioral Objectives
As a result of the activities and study in this course, the student should be able to:
- Recognize contextual and systemic dynamics (e.g., gender, age, socioeconomic status, culture/race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, larger systems, social context). (AAMFT 1.2.1)
- Gather and review intake information, giving balanced attention to individual, family, community, cultural, and contextual factors. (AAMFT 1.3.1)
- Understand the legal requirements and limitations for working with vulnerable populations (e.g., minors). (AAFMT 1.5.1)
- Understand the strengths and limitations of the models of assessment and diagnosis, especially as they relate to different cultural, economic, and ethnic groups. (AAFMT 2.1.6)
- Diagnose and assess client behavioral and relational health problems systemically and contextually. (AAFMT 2.3.1)
- Evaluate the accuracy and cultural relevance of behavioral health and relational diagnoses. (AAMFT 2.4.3)
- Advocate with clients in obtaining quality care, appropriate resources, and services in their community. (AAFMT 3.5.1)
- Comprehend a variety of individual and systemic therapeutic models and their application, including evidence-based therapies and culturally sensitive approaches. (AAFMT 4.1.1)
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