Multicultural Counseling Theories and Techniques: Keeping contemporary in your work

Price: $620.00

This three-semester unit academic course is designed to meet the requirements for LPCC licensing in California, which are: Multicultural counseling theories and techniques, including counselors' roles in developing cultural self-awareness, identity development, promoting cultural social justice, individual and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations, and counselors' roles in eliminating biases and prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination.

This course offers an creative approach to teaching professional practitioners in psychology about multicultural and international competency (herein, intercultural). The intercultural skill development opportunities in this course are consistent with Alliant International University’s mission to train professionals to solve real world significant problems in the diverse communities in which they live, including the global community. In this course, intercultural competency is taught as a skill set and integral way of being that underlie fluid and culturally intelligent professional practice for clients within and across broad constellations of:

• Nationality, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, social and economic class, religion, ability, age, body size, immigration status, and all other aspects of human dimension and experience.

The course content areas are consistent with LPCC licensing spanning professional practitioner roles and cover:

• Knowledge areas including the dynamics of social justice, such as combating prejudice and bias as well as intentional/ unintentional acts of oppression and discrimination.

• Intercultural attitudes, self-awareness, and communication, and

• Intercultural identity development.

This is a progressive course for the unusually motivated professional practitioner interest in elevating our professional standards and practice in psychology. 

Instructional Strategy:
This course is designed for adult diverse learners in an online instruction format that is both instructor and peer driven.  Students are asked to participate in the following learning modes:
•    Reading book chapters and articles,
•    Listening to audio lectures and discussions,
•    Considering intercultural assessments,
•    Taking three multiple choice exams (one per unit).

Learning Outcomes:
Within the framework of various multicultural and international competency development theories, students will demonstrate the ability to consider:
•    Dynamics of personal change relative to diversity by asking exploring their own:
•    Thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors relative to diversity, and
•    Social forces contributing to these personal thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behavior.  
•    Intercultural competency as a process,
•    The role of counselors in social justice advocacy for full participation of all people, and
•    The utility of particular intercultural competency scales.


Sheila J. Henderson, MBA, Ph.D., is a California licensed Counseling Psychologist, former Associate Provost of Alliant International University and former Visiting Associate Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology. Sheila has co-authored books, written articles, and presented at conferences in the area of career development, multicultural competency development, mentoring, website evaluation, and creative achievement. Sheila books are entitled: Building Multicultural Competency, Fostering Inventiveness in Children, and Invention Friday Curriculum: Grades 2-5. Sheila has a BA in economics, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford University, School of Education. In 2008, Sheila received the Hans Sauer Award and Prize from Germany recognizing her research on the psychology of inventors.