Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


Multicultural counseling course, diversity training, cultural diversity, counselor education, cultural competence

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling



The success of any multicultural counseling course hinges upon the cultural competence of the course instructor. Research indicates that cultural competence is developed through personal experiences with diversity; however, little is known about how these experiences are translated into teaching practice. In this qualitative study, the researcher used a phenomenological inquiry to explore how instructors’ experiences with diversity influence how they teach multicultural counseling. The main thematic finding indicates that the cultural diversity background of the counselor educators shapes the way they teach. The two subthemes also reveal that some instructors teach diversity topics from a place of familiarity and comfortability, while others teach from areas they describe as cultural deficits. Implications of this study are useful to inform multicultural counselor education and training.



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