MFT 616 Society, Culture and Gender: A Multi‐cultural Perspective
This course is designed to provide an introduction to some of the cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic variables that influence the counseling relationship and process. Factors such as age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual values, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, and socioeconomic status, are examined. We will emphasize on therapy issues related to each group, and learn effective treatment approaches to use that will be most appropriate. The process of becoming an effective multicultural therapist in terms of becoming more aware of the values and customs of persons from other racial/ethnic groups will be included. Therapist cultural self-awareness and the role of counseling in eliminating biases, prejudice, oppression, and discrimination are emphasized.