Psychology: Cultural Humility in Counseling

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About Course

Release Date: October 23, 2017
Expiration Date: October 25, 2022

The American population is extremely diverse and in the upcoming years diversity in the US will continue to increase. Professionals engaged in counseling must become increasingly self-aware and must understand both how their own unique individual experiences influence their worldviews and values and how the unique individual experiences of their clients influence each client's worldviews and values. This course discusses intersectionality and the ways that various ethnic and racial groups may have a diversity of beliefs, social structures, interactional patterns, and expectations, and how each individual client has various intersecting dimensions of diversity that include socioeconomic class, sexuality, gender identification, and dis/ability.

Moreover, the course provides information necessary for the counselor to recognize the roles that power, privilege, and oppression play in both the counseling relationship and the experiences of clients. Although the perspective of this course is influenced by the author's own unique facets of diversity, it is likely that clinicians of various backgrounds will benefit and find applicability to their practices. This intermediate-level course presents an introduction to cultural humility and offers tools for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists to use in working with diverse clients in a culturally humble manner.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 cultural competency continuing education credits.

New Jersey Approval - Cultural Humility in Counseling, Course #2955, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Elite Professional Education, LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/17/2020 - 03/17/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Social and Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe dimensions of diversity in the United States.
  • Identify factors that can interfere in the counseling relationship between a clinician and clients of diverse cultural backgrounds, including issues related to oppression, privilege, and marginalization.
  • Explain cultural humility as an essential part of counseling, including core components and key considerations.
  • Describe the role of societal and institutional accountability within the counseling context.
  • Differentiate cultural humility and multicultural competency.

About the Author(s)

Pamela A. Viggiani, PhD, LMSW, received her doctoral degree in social welfare from the State University of New York at Albany in 1997. She has worked as a professor of social work in both undergraduate and graduate settings. Currently she is an associate professor of social work at The College at Brockport, teaching in the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master in Social Work Program and acting as the undergraduate program director. She teaches course content in diversity, cultural humility, human rights, social justice, and social welfare policy.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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