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Culturally Responsive Counseling Practices with Individuals & Families

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Counselors have the privilege of working with individuals and families from various backgrounds, intersecting identities, and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions. To be culturally responsive means that counselors must reflect on their own journeys as cultural beings. The Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Competencies models are guideposts to evolving our personal cultural awareness and knowledge to inform counseling practice. Another important aspect of becoming culturally responsive is attending to our emotions and our emotional intelligence.

In this workshop, there will be opportunities to address counselor cultural awareness, the stressors for contemporary immigrants, individuals and families with mental health distress because of COVID, and the stressors for working mothers. Case examples will be used to move to identifying culturally responsive counseling practices. The goal is to empower counselors to enact culturally responsive practice with or without the support of their employer.


  • Apply the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competency model to counselor self-examination.
  • Identify emotions that may interfere in being culturally responsive and empathic.
  • Examine cultural values, traditions, and experiences with authority that may lead to mistrust.
  • Identify immigrant strengths and stressors and the solution-oriented mindset of individuals.
  • Recognize personal and professional resources that empower one’s behaviors as a culturally responsive counselor.




Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network
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