Course Project – Phillips

My course is Theories of Counseling.  I want students to understand how working therapists work with people from varied cultural backgrounds.  Students will engage in a series of activities to learn more about a culture with which they are unfamiliar, and share that information in a manner that would be consistent with continuing education standards in the field of professional counseling.

Steps:

  • Deterine what culture they wish to explore.  Determine if they wish to work alone or in small groups.  Sign up for the experience in which they wish to participate.
  • Gather information from written resources.  These will include at least 3 academic sources (journal articles, professional books or book chapters, etc.) and at least 1 first-person account.  Summarize these sources and report on them via discussion posting in Georgia View Vista.  Comment on others’ postings.
  • Gather information from direct interaction with people.  This could include talking with an individual who is a member of the culture to ask questions and gather information.  I could also include electronic interactions, such as via email or Facebook.  Summarize these sources and report on them via discussion posting in Georgia View Vista.  Comment on others’ postings.
  • Design and participate in a cultural immersion experience that allows the participant to have a significant interaction with members of the culture.  Emphasize both content and (especially) process understandings of the culture.  Actively participate in class discussions of these experiences.
  • Design a poster presentation that integrates the information from all sources gathered.  Poster presentations will be graded by the instructor, fellow students, and working professionals in the field, using a rubric provided by the instructor:

Learner: ___ ________________________________________________________

Experience being Evaluated: ___________________________________________

Evaluator: __________________________________________________________

  Exceeds

(41-50 points)

Good

(31-40 points)

Fair

(21-30 points)

Poor

(0-29 points)

Points
Level of Involvement in Culture/ Understanding of Cultural Processes

 

The learner had a meaningful and significant level of interaction with members of the culture.  The learner experienced significant process elements of the culture.  The learner had an experience of almost being a member of the culture. The learner made a strong effort to have a significant level of interaction with members of the culture, and had some understanding of process.  The learner did not experience the culture as a near member.    The learner was involved in some aspects of the culture, but in a relatively shallow way.  There was minimal process learning about the culture. The learner was minimally involved with the culture, and did not learn any significant process elements of culture.  
Understanding of Content Elements of Culture The learner has developed a much greater understanding of important factual aspects of the culture. The learner has a good grasp of many factual aspects of the culture. The learner has gained some additional factual knowledge about the culture, but there are important knowledge gaps as well. The learner did not gain additional information about content elements of the culture.  
Grand Total  
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About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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