Infusing Multicultural Training into Practicum
Department or Administrative Unit
The purpose of this study was to describe and evaluate strategies for infusing multicultural training into counseling practicum. A quasi-experimental design was used to compare practicum students' self-perceived pre and post-assessment multicultural counseling competency scores, as well as compare them with a control group. A one group pretest-posttest design in combination with a non-equivalent control group design was used. The differences between practicum students' pre and post-assessment scores for self-perceived multicultural counseling competency were examined and compared with scores from a quasi-control group of students. Results indicate that infusion of multicultural curriculum into a basic skills practicum was effective in significantly increasing trainees' self-perceived multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills, and overall competency from pre to post assessment (within-group). Significant differences were found between the two groups for self-perceived awareness, knowledge, and overall competency, but no significant difference was detected for self-perceived skills. Implications for improving multicultural training during practicum are discussed.
Cates, J. T., & Schaefle, S. E. (2009). Infusing Multicultural Training into Practicum. The Journal of Counseling Research and Practice, 1(1), 32-41.
Journal of Counseling Research & Practice
Mississippi Counseling Association
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