Reflections of a Multicultural Counseling Course: A Qualitative Study with Counseling Students and Counselors

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Kagnici D. Y.

KURAM VE UYGULAMADA EGITIM BILIMLERI, cilt.14, ss.53-62, 2014 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.12738/estp.2014.1.1965
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.53-62


The present study aimed to examine the contributions of a single multicultural counseling course designed with experiential learning strategies on multicultural awareness and knowledge competencies and the reflections of the training on the counselors' social and vocational life after graduation. For this purpose, two studies were conducted. In the first study, the contributions of the multicultural counseling course on thirty senior counseling students' multicultural competencies were examined through students' reflection papers collected during the course. In the second study, after fifteen months of their graduations, those counseling students who had participated in the first study were contacted through an online survey to examine the durability of the course's outcomes. In the present study, qualitative research design was used, and the data were analyzed through content analysis. According to the results, the multicultural counseling course contributed to counseling students' multicultural awareness and knowledge, and it was furthermore observed that after fifteen months, the counselors were able both to deal with the challenges of their new social and work environments and cope with ensuing difficulties. The findings of the study were discussed under the light of the literature and suggestions for further studies were provided.