Diversity Issues in Counseling

  • Provide an ecological analysis of the issues highlighted by the organization or resource you provided, from ideological to structural to institutional to interpersonal
  • Describe your reason for selecting this option and any assumptions or expectations prior to community engagement
  • Share what you did, how it impacted you, your positionality and ways your identities interacted with the community you volunteered on behalf of, and the ways your assumptions/beliefs were challenged or confirmed.
  • Throughout, make explicit the implications for mental health and counseling, integrating with research and theory from the courseCommunity Engagement Project

    Based on your self-reflection from class discussions and sociocultural identity paper throughout the semester, describe an area of growth and complete a multicultural project to help your development in this area. See options below. All projects must use APA style and cite course readings and other material. Multimedia can be used as an alternative to a written paper (e.g., record a podcast, produce art representing your experience, perform spoken-word poetry or dance, recite a song, present to the class, etc.) but you need to include a reference page for sources; see professor for approval.

    Option 1: Psycho-Educational Response to Social Justice Issue

    In the spirit of advocacy, develop a mental health resource (e.g., support group, information sheet to congressional representative, self-help infographic, social media posts; YouTube video) that targets a social justice issue we’ve covered in the course as a way to give psychology away. This can be in reference to the election results and/or voter engagement materials, racial uprisings, or marginalized population(s) facing greater disparities with COVID 19. Integrate material from the course and identify additional resources in the creation of this resource.

    Option 2: Cultural Immersion.

    Attend an event, spend time in a neighborhood, or local business in which you immerse yourself in a sociocultural group different from yourself from the dominant group (e.g., night club, community meeting, neighborhood event, shopping area, restaurant, etc.). You should attend the event alone and for at least 2 hours. The idea is for you to experience what it might feel like to experience being in the minority, even though temporarily. Reflect on 1) why you each chose this experience and social identity group; 2) your prior experiences, assumptions and biases toward this group, 3) the experience itself including how it felt for you to be there and how your presence may have impacted the group, 4) contextualize your experience with literature from the course, and 5) reflect on implications for your role as a counselor.

    Option 3: Cultural Interviews. Individually, Conduct one-on-one interviews with someone from a different race, sexual orientation, gender identity, social class, nationality, or religion than you. You should select someone who’s social identity you aren’t familiar with or already immersed in. This interview should explore what their specific social identity means to them, the related experiences they have encountered, and other questions that help you understand what it is like for them as that particular social identity. Analyze your findings in context of the theories and research covered in the course.

    Option 4: Racial Analysis Book Review. Read one of the autobiographies below and provide a racial/ethnic analysis and book review. In it, 1) summarize the main points of the text, 2) reflect on your emotional and intellectual reactions, 3) connect to theories and research from the course, and 4) discuss specific implications for multicultural counseling (e.g., what would it be like to counsel one of the people in the books, how might this book inform your therapeutic practice, etc.).

    Options:

    1. Arce, J. (2016). My (Underground) American dream: My true story as an undocumented immigrant who became a Wall Street executive. New York, NY: Center Street.

    2. Coates, T. (2015). Between the world and me. New York: Spiegel & Grau.

    3. Fadiman, A. (1997). The spirit catches you and you fall down: a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

    4. Irving, D. (2014). Waking up white: and finding myself in the story of race. Cambridge, MA: Elephant Room Press.

    5. Shin, S. Y. (2016). A good time for the truth: race in Minnesota. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press.

    6. Vance, J. D. (2016). Hillbilly elegy: A memoir of a family and culture in crisis. New York, NY Harper Collins.

    7. Yang, Kao Kalia, 1980-. (2008). The latehomecomer : a Hmong family memoir. Minneapolis :Coffee House Press, ** Other options are possible, consult with professor in advance

     

    Final Reflection

    Upon completion, write a reflection paper (or other medium) that includes the following:

    · Provide an ecological analysis of the issues highlighted by the organization or resource you provised, from ideological to structural to institutional to interpersonal

    · Describe your reason for selecting this option and any assumptions or expectations prior to community engagement

    · Share what you did, how it impacted you, your positionality and ways your identities interacted with the community you volunteered on behalf of, and the ways your assumptions/beliefs were challenged or confirmed.

    · Throughout, make explicit the implciations for mental health and counseling, integrating with research and theory from the course

    Based on your Sociocultural Autobiography and class discussions throughout the semester, describe an area of growth and engage in community engagement to help your development in this area. With this project, you’ll integrate course readings, lectures, discussions, and videos throughout the semester to identify and analyze your project.

    All projects must use APA style and cite course readings and other material. Multimedia can be used as an alternative to a written paper (e.g., record a podcast, produce art representing your experience, perform spoken-word poetry or dance, recite a song, present to the class, etc.) but you need to include a reference page for sources; see professor for approval.

    Task

    Choose one of the following options:

     

    Option 2: Psycho-Educational Response to Social Justice Issue

    In the spirit of advocacy, develop a mental health resource (e.g., support group, information sheet to congressional representative, self-help infographic, social media posts; YouTube video) that targets a social justice issue we’ve covered in the course as a way to give psychology away. This can be in reference to the election results and/or voter engagement materials, racial uprisings, or marginalized population(s) facing greater disparities with COVID 19. Integrate material from the course and identify additional resources in the creation of this resource.

    Final Reflection

    Upon completion, write a reflection paper, record a video, or use some other medium that includes the following:

    · Provide an ecological analysis of the issues highlighted by the organization or resource you provided, from cultural/ideological to structural to institutional to interpersonal

    · Describe your reason for selecting this option and any assumptions or expectations prior to community engagement

    · Share what you did, how it impacted you, your positionality and ways your identities interacted with the community you volunteered on behalf of, and the ways your assumptions/beliefs were challenged or confirmed.

    · Throughout, make explicit the implciations for mental health and counseling, integrating with research and theory from the course

    Grading Criteria

    For full points:

    1. Risk Taking: Chose an experience that pushed out of comfort zone or current knowledge base. Showed motivation for continued multicultural growth

    2. Complex Thinking: Integrates personal development with course theories and research. Considers intersecting identities and multilevel experiences (e.g., individual, interpersonal, institutional, ideological). Articulates an awareness of power, privilege, and oppression.

    3. Application to Counseling: Integrated material from the course; applied experience to mental health and your role as a counselor in training

    4. Communication:

    · If written: Writing is organized, uses topic sentences, introduction and conclusion, and APA 7th edition. Papers should be approximately 5-7 pages.

    · If video recorded: answering all the questions and linking to course. Recordings should be approximately 25-30 minutes.

     

    Rubric

    Diversity and Social Justice Project

    Criteria Ratings Pts  
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

    Risk Taking and Growth

    Chose an experience that pushed out of comfort zone or current knowledge base. Showed motivation for continued multicultural growth

     

    5 pts

    Exceeds

    Chose an experience that pushed out of comfort zone or current knowledge base. Showed motivation for continued multicultural growth

    4 pts

    More than Meets

    3 pts

    Meets

    2 pts

    Partially Meets

    1 pts

    Does Not Meet

    Chose a project that did not push outside of comfort zone, or was an identity area that student was intimately familiar with

     

     

    5 pts  
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

    Complex Thinking

    Discussed student’s own identities and their relationship to the growth project, is aware of their impact on communities around them, included a discussion of systemic privilege and oppression

     

    5 pts

    Exceeds

    Discussed student’s own identities and their relationship to the growth project, is aware of their impact on communities around them, included a discussion of systemic privilege and oppression

    4 pts

    More than meets

    3 pts

    Meets

    2 pts

    Partially meets

    1 pts

    Does not Meet

    Lacked a power analysis where structural factors were taken into account

     

     

    5 pts  
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

    Application to Counseling

    Integrated material from the course and beyond, applied experience to mental health field and considered specific implications for their role as a counselor

     

    5 pts

    Exceptional

    Integrated material from the course and beyond, applied experience to mental health field and considered specific implications for their role as a counselor

    4 pts

    More than Meets

    3 pts

    Meets

    2 pts

    Partially Meets

    1 pts

    Does not Meet

    Has no reference to course material nor counseling

     

     

    5 pts  
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

    Communication

    Communication is Clear and organized. Professional standard. Writing used APA style and for an academic audience. Video Recording was well produced, engaging, and easy to understand.

     

    5 pts

    Exceeds

    Communication is Clear and organized. Professional standard. Writing used APA style and for an academic audience. Video Recording was well produced, engaging, and easy to understand.

    4 pts

    More than Meets

    3 pts

    Meets

    2 pts

    Partially Meets

    1 pts

    Does not Meet

    Writing had several typos and was disorganized. Recording was disorganized, difficult to understand and/or poor quality

     

     

    5 pts  
    Total Points: 20

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