Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AD 104
Course Title:
Multicultural Counseling
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Course Description

Focuses on diversity of populations using addiction counseling services. Emphasizes developing sensitivity to relevant cultural differences and building skills in addressing them. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course will explore the ways membership in a cultural group affects the counseling process for the client and for the counselor.  Development of increased levels of intercultural sensitivity and skills will be encouraged; each student will develop a plan to increase abilities in cross-cultural counseling situations.  The course will concentrate on factors affecting the major ethnic minorities in the U.S.:  African Americans, various Asian groups, Latinos and Native Americans. Factors affecting other minority groups such as gays and lesbians and the elderly will be addressed.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of a level of cultural knowledge sufficient to allow them to understand the values and communication styles of their culture of origin and of other cultural groups in the United States.
  2. Students will also be able to list common areas of conflict in cross-cultural relationships, and develop strategies for use in minimizing misunderstanding in cross-cultural counseling.
  3. To ensure that students are able to complete a cultural assessment that meets Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR).

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Demonstrate attainment of cultural self knowledge by completion of cultural self assessment task and assignment on family culture of origin.
  2. List of minimum of eight values widely shared in the student's culture of origin.
  3. Write a paragraph describing how each of the values listed has impacted their personal value system and self image.
  4. Outline, and demonstrate through role playing activities, the standard communication style of their culture of origin.
  5. Complete assignment defining and giving examples of cultural assumptions, projection and misattribution.
  6. List five of the most common areas of misattribution or conflict between their culture of origin's communication style and that of four other cultural groups.
  7. Be able to generate a minimum of 12 sentence stems and follow-up probes, the answers to which would provide the cultural assessment information needed to meet OAR requirements.
  8. Demonstrate familiarity with resources specific to cultural groups in Oregon through written assignment and class presentation.
  9. Attendance at 4 cultural oriented self-help meetings.