Practicum in Multicultural Counseling Interventions

Instructors

This practicum is taught by Lisa Y. Flores, Ph.D. and Puncky Paul Heppner, Ph.D., the co-directors of the Coalition for Cultural Competency, housed in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.

Practicum Description

This practicum serves to extend graduate students’ knowledge of multicultural counseling through the development and implementation of applied multicultural interventions. Specifically, students enrolled in the practicum will have an opportunity to work on applied projects which may fall under the following categories: (a) multicultural outreach (e.g., conduct workshops for campus and community groups); (b) multicultural research (e.g., assist with validation studies of a multicultural teaching competency measure, assist with writing grant applications; developing research projects in diverse communities); (c) Coalition development activities (e.g., develop workshop protocols, participate on community and/or campus Center advisory boards); (d) training activities (e.g., plan extracurricular training activities, organize multicultural lectures); and (e) other applied activities (e.g., student discussion/support groups).

Practicum Objectives

This practicum is designed to build your identity as a multi culturally competent mental health professional. It is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model and intended to orient and socialize students to the preventive, remedial and educative roles of counseling psychologists. Students serve as staff members of the Coalition by designing, implementing and evaluating projects with the supervision and mentoring of senior staff and the support of fellow practicum students. Students are expected to work in teams and to draw on and further enhance their multicultural knowledge, awareness and skills in executing various interventions that serve a diverse clientele at MU and in the regional community. Class discussions and presentations, group supervision, and small-group supervision provide opportunities for students to document and gain proficiency in communicating as multi culturally competent professionals as well as to lay the groundwork for other program requirements such as comprehensive exams, doctoral portfolio, research and teaching training.

  1. Students will be able to conduct a needs assessment interview with an existing or prospective client organization;
  2. Students will be able to integrate their prior MC knowledge, research findings and consultation with experts into the design and implementation of MC focused interventions;
  3. Students will build relationships with decision-makers in various client organizations;
  4. Students will be able to use existing frameworks and theories to ground and inform their conceptual map of the client organization and problems;
  5. Students will be able to participate in strategic problem solving and intervention design tailored to the needs of client organizations;
  6. Students will be able to write about and discuss their experience in case study format.

Practicum Activities

  1. Students will work in a team to design, implement, and evaluate one multicultural intervention;
  2. Students will provide administrative support for the Coalition;
  3. Students will assume responsibility for leading a discussions or providing a brief presentation on a topic relevant to applied multicultural skills or multicultural organizational development; and
  4. Students will give informal updates and a formal case presentation each semester on their project.

Evaluation

Active participation in practicum meetings, completion of project tasks, leadership of assigned class discussion or presentation, and demonstration of team skills. Grades will be on a Pass/Fail basis.

Enrollment

Students are enrolled for 1-3 credits, depending on the student’s level of involvement. Each credit is the equivalent of three hours of practicum related activity

Prerequisite coursework is Counseling Psychology Practicum (or equivalent) and Multicultural Issues in Counseling (or equivalent).

Academic Dishonesty

We will discuss many ideas in class, and you are encouraged to work together and help your peers in class assignments. However, whatever you write must be your own writing. Whenever you use other people’s writing, ideas, or work, it is important that you give them credit appropriately. A common guideline is whenever you use more than two or three words from another person, cite it or utilize a direct quote. If at any point you are in doubt, please talk with the instructor.

As required by the Provost’s office, the university policy on academic dishonesty is included here as follows: “It is the duty of any instructor who is aware of an incident of academic dishonesty in his/her course to report the incident to the Vice Provost, 116 Jesse Hall, and to inform the department chair of the incident.”

Disabilities

If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform one of us immediately. Please see one of us privately after class.

To request academic accommodations (for example, a notetaker), students must also register with Disability Services, AO38 Brady Commons, 882-4696. It is the campus office responsible for reviewing documentation provided by students requesting academic accommodations, and for accommodations planning in cooperation with students and instructors, as needed and consistent with course requirements. For other MU resources for students with disabilities, click on “Disability Resources” on the MU homepage.