Cultural Seminars

The CCC encourages students to develop and teach multicultural courses in which they are passionate about.  Some courses that have been developed and offered in the past include (1) Native American Cultural Seminar, (2) Arab Culture and Counseling, and 3) LGBT issues.

Native American Cultures

Charlotte McCloskey

Charlotte McCloskey

The course was co-taught by Charlotte McCloskey and Dr. Puncky Heppner. Charlotte has a broad range of knowledge about Native American cultures, having participated in the Society of Indian Psychologists, From the Four Directions- Native American Student Group, has acted as a representative from the University of Missouri’s Graduate School as recruiter at the Big XII Native American Student Leadership Conference, has worked with the Haskell Indian Health Service and has done extensive research in the area of Native American normative development and health. Charlotte McCloskey is also Sicangu Lakota. Puncky has acquired knowledge and awareness of Native American cultures through numerous brief immersion experiences primarily in the upper Midwest, Western and Northwestern states, as well as reading and through the arts. Puncky is also a noted scholar in the field of multicultural counseling and the director of the Coalition for Cultural Competency.

Course Objectives:

The course would be a problem based one hour credit course. The purpose of this class would be to expose and enlighten the students to this vast and dynamic group of first nation’s peoples. The course has three main learning objectives: (a) to provide information and a safe environment to expand their awareness and knowledge of Native American cultures, (b) broaden students worldviews of the physical, educational, spiritual, and psychological realms, and (c) enhance counseling skills in working with diverse populations. This class will act as a catalyst for encouraging and supporting further investigation and knowledge development in this area. We are quite aware that it cannot be exhaustive of the knowledge needed for working with all Native American clients.

Please see the syllabus for more information

Arab Cultures and Counseling

Taleb Khairallah

Taleb Khairallah

The course was co-taught by Taleb Khairallah and Dr. Puncky Heppner.

Course Objectives:

Through weekly discussion, class readings, various media resources and assignments students will better understand Arab cultures and working with Arab Americans in a counseling setting from a professional and personal standpoint. Students will have a brief introduction to Arab cultures and what the literature has reflected as positive avenues for working with this population. Then students will be encouraged to use this knowledge to develop and integrate these experiences into their theoretical orientation and gain cross-cultural skills with this population.

Please see the syllabus for more information

Seminar on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Identities

David Shwalb

David Shwalb

The course was co-taught by Dr. Michael Mobley and David Shwalb. The purpose of this seminar is to increase students’ cultural awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge about the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals across diverse cultures. GLBT individuals face many unique challenges and opportunities during their developmental life span including issues related to coming out, relationship & intimacy, religious and spirituality, psychological well-being & mental health, heterosexism & homophobia, sexuality, HIV & AIDS, parenting, and career & employment. As a sexual minority many GLBT individuals develop effective adaptive and coping strategies enable them to exhibit resiliency in the face of ill treatment such as prejudice, bias, harassment, discrimination, and violence. This seminar seeks to expand students’ perspective and worldview of GLBT individuals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To increase awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge about GLBT individuals
  2. To increase personal awareness of one’s sexuality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity privileges
  3. To examine one’s degree of comfort in personal and professional relationships with GLBT individuals
  4. To increase students’ self-efficacy in effectively relating to GLBT individuals

Please see the syllabus for more information

Latina/os in Therapy: Understanding the Cultural Context and Therapy Implications

The course will be co-taught in Fall 2012 by Marlen Kannagui-Muñoz and Dr. Puncky Heppner.

Marlen Kannagui-Muñoz

Marlen Kannagui-Muñoz

The purpose of this course is to enhance culture-specific knowledge with regard to Latina/o population primarily in the U.S. (and some in other locales around the world) as it relates to psychology and mental health. The course will focus on the multidimensional and intersecting identities of Latina/os by promoting understanding of the cultural contextual issues within this population. The course will

highlight the tremendous variability within the Latina/o population and how customs, norms, values affect a wide range of behaviors, affective reactions, and beliefs. The course will also discuss the unique challenges and strengths of the Latina/o population as it relates to research and therapy.

Learning objectives

  1. Learn general demographics about the Latina/o population in the U.S. and around the world
  2. Learn about Latina/o culture, customs, and language as they relate to mental health issues and therapy.
  3. Increase understanding of current research regarding the Latina/o population.
  4. Learn about ethical and competent practice with Latina/os.