Despite the acknowledged need, grave concern has been expressed regarding the lack of multicultural competence among today’s counseling professionals. Based on the findings of a qualitative research study, attendees of this poster will learn to 1) identify the unique experiences of counseling students participating in cultural immersion, and 2) understand how such experiences may significantly influence the development of multicultural competency in counseling students.
Discuss the evolvement of multicultural competency training, including the historical trends used in the classroom for implementing multicultural competency development (and the challenges of such methods).
Provide qualitative statistical data from a research study in which the experiences of graduate-level counseling students participating in an international cultural immersion program are identified.
Inform counselor educators and cultural immersion program leaders of how such experiences may influence the development of multicultural competency in graduate-level counseling students beyond traditional training methods, and provide tips for implementing such a program.