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The domain of SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY includes studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society, including all of the following:
a. multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns within and among diverse groups nationally and internationally;
b. attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences, including specific experiential learning activities designed to foster students’ understanding of self and culturally diverse clients;
c. theories of multicultural counseling, identity development, and social justice;
d. individual, couple, family, group, and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations, including multicultural competencies;
e. counselors’ roles in developing cultural self-awareness, promoting cultural social justice, advocacy and conflict resolution, and other culturally supported behaviors that promote optimal wellness and growth of the human spirit, mind, or body; and
f. counselors’ roles in eliminating biases, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination.

TCNJ Courses

COUN 530 – Multicultural Counseling
The purpose of this course is to increase students’ understanding of, and sensitivity to, major ethnic and cultural groups within the dominant Anglo-American culture served by counselors and teachers in the United States.  Students will confront the crucial issues related to multicultural counseling.
COUN 560 – Counseling Girls and Women
This course will focus on providing students with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the female experience from childhood throughout adulthood.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the crucial years during adolescence.  Students will be challenged to analyze both societal and personal beliefs, assumptions, and expectations regarding girls and women.  This interactive class will offer an overview of the many counseling issues presented by female clients and will address the special needs of diverse populations.  Lecture, discussion, readings, presentations, and experiential activities will combine to offer students greater insight into what their female clients bring into the therapeutic setting.  Effective strategies and techniques for counselors working with women and girls will also be discussed throughout the course.      
COUN 561 – Counseling Boys and Men
The purposes of this course are to provide students with accurate information about the emotional lives of boys and men and to suggest effective strategies for counseling these populations in school and agency settings.  Students will explore their implicit assumptions about boys and men and how those assumptions might impact their work as counselors.  Myths about boys and men will be dispelled, and some of the common problems of boys and men will be described.  Important therapeutic challenges, such as using a strength-based approach to counseling and addressing problems such as misogyny and homophobia in males, will be discussed.  The contributions of fraternal humanitarian clubs, men’s support groups, and profeminist organizations will be highlighted.  Students will identify ways to adjust the traditional process of counseling to match the relational styles and needs of boys and men.  Strategies for establishing rapport and intervening with special populations of boys and men (e.g., aggressive males, boys and men who have been sexually abused, depressed and suicidal males) will be recommended.  Several approaches to parenting skills training that are effective in helping mothers and fathers who have troubled sons will be reviewed.

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