course examines the psychological and social factors associated with minority
status and acculturation of immigrants from various parts of the world and
their influence on personality development.
Language acquisition and cultural literacy are discussed within the
framework of academic and vocational perspectives for immigrants at different
levels of acculturation and for their children born outside and in the United
States. Four basic modes of
acculturation as well as intergenerational issues connected with the
differences in adjustment levels are discussed in the perspective of
theoretical, diagnostic, etiological, and therapeutic viewpoints. Minority issues and mental health utilization
patterns are discussed with a goal of increasing cultural awareness and
sensitivity of the professionals in the counseling field. Due to the COVID-19
emergency situation, this course will have limited experiential component of video
contact with the members of various cultural groups. Specific methods and counseling techniques
beneficial for members of diverse cultural groups will be discussed.