As counselors continue to develop effective multicultural counseling competency, programs like this will inspire participants to identify moments that will enhance greater self-awareness and world view. This study examined immersion activities as short, local, intense and valuable in terms of time spent in events focused on cultural celebrations and community gatherings (e.g. Hmong New Year, Special Olympics, Safe Space Training, Indigenous Peoples Day). Attendees will leave with ideas about how to integrate meaningful local cultural experiences in their own lives.
Participants will gain insight about how their racial and ethnic identity and biases can be impacted by their level of exposure to people/clients from different ethnic groups on a local as well as international level. Information about racial identity models will be provided.
Participants will learn the value of immersion activities that are frequent and local as opposed to international immersion excursions. Although both types of immersion are important, this research study focused on the cultural development impact of attending accessible events that that can impact our immediate day-to-day lives.
Participants will learn the value of integrating frequent cultural events (e.g. concerts, festivals, Pow-Wows, celebrations, community talks, educational or spiritual experiences) via local community options.