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.
- 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: ___________________________________________
|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.|