If you work with multicultural populations, we invite you to become a consultant at the Multicultural Counseling Center.
Consultant required skills
Multicultural counseling focuses on the understanding of racial and ethnic groups and minorities (African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, numerous white ethnic groups, etc.). That is, multicultural counseling should provide a conceptual understanding of the complexity and diversity of a pluralistic society, a vision of the uniqueness of each person, and an understanding of how a person can find a common language with those who are different from him/her. Thus, a consultant should understand the existence of different cultural groups and the diversity within the group – each person participating in multicultural counseling should be considered in opposition to the background of his cultural group, and the consultan should identify the extent to which the client is cultivated by different groups.
A consultant should:
- learn about the cultural values of his clients before working with them;
- understand the importance of a sociocultural basis from the point of view of which various values, consider interaction styles and cultural expectations;
- provide effective multicultural advisory practice that requires both knowledge and skills.
Multicultural Counseling Center also holds training for its specialists, which includes:
- understanding culture as a whole, understanding how it affects a person, society and the process of helping another person;
- the definition of culture in a broad sense to cover gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity and race;
- providing information on all forms of harassment, including racism, sexism, homophobia;
- research on the importance of sexual roles;
- assistance in the development of identity of a person as a representative of culture;
- assistance in understanding their views on the world and how they relate to family and cultural background;
- development of loyalty and pride in their culture and family ties;
- the ability of the counselor to explore his own racial perceptions and attitudes and determine how they relate to the cultural differences between individuals and groups;
- the ability to discuss issues relevant to a particular race at an institutional level;
- the ability to see the client as an individual and a member of a group simultaneously.