Interculturalism in Practice 1. Counseling Methods



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 2

Typically offered in

Spring semester

Course description

Aim of the course

After introducing the basic theoretical concepts and methods of counseling, the course points out at the limits of monocultural approach in counseling and calls attention to the importance of interventions and strategies that are responsive to the experiences and values the clients. An emphasis is placed on the role of intercultural competences, cultural self-awareness of the experts and the recognition of the importance of the cultural perspective of the client. The course addresses the question of status and power differences and minority-majority group position in the counsellor-client relationship and their influence on the process and outcome of counseling. In line with transformative multiculturalism, beyond individual and group counseling, the course addresses the broader context of counseling, the „client system” as conceptualized by Sue and Sue (2012). Individual-, family-, organizational case analyses as well as simulated counseling situations help the acquirement of the targeted knowledge, the development of the multicultural approach and the practising of counseling skills.

Learning outcome, competences

  • Understanding of the basic issues of counseling and multicultural counseling.
  • Understanding how the cultural background influences behaviors and the framework of interpretation of both the counsellor and client as well as their relationship.
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive intervention techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge of the historical and cultural aspects of the relationship between majority & minority groups attitude:
  • Openness to accepting the values of other cultures.
  • Openness to and the acknowledgement of the perspective, interpretive frameworks of others and other cultures.
  • Acceptance of the fact that the co-existence of cultures may lead to conflicts in every field of social life, which can be peacefully solved by mutually constructive process of pluralistic societies.
  • Seeing cultural diversity an opportunity with valuable assets that can be used for tte purpose of social integration and development.


  • Ability to reflect on the hidden assumptions of one’s own culture, to identify and critically relate to one’s own prejudices and to help others to develop this self-reflection.
  • Ability to apply knowledge in the field of multicultural counseling in practice and the ability to develop culturally sensitive techniques.
  • Ability to put multicultural knowledge into practice, to initiate and to help realize activities and programmes promoting social integration.
  • Ability to promote the capitalizing on assets of cultural diversity for the purpose of social inegration. the positive outcomesKépes elősegíteni a kulturális sokféleség pozitívumainak kiaknázását a társadalmi befogadás érdekében

Content of the course
Topics of the course

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Confines of monocultural counseling viewed from the side of the therapist and that of the patients
  • Main criteria of multicultural counseling
  • Multicultural competence models in counseling
  • Gender in counseling
  • Multicultural family counseling
  • Multicultural audit: school and other organizatons
  • Power relations and social justice in counseling and psychotherapy
  • Family and community genogramm
  • Gender in counseling and psychotherapy
  • Multicultural competence models
  • Power relations and social justice in counseling and psychotherapy
  • Family and community genogramm

Learning activities, learning methods

interactive lecture, working in small groups and dyads, case analysis, reading literature, project plan.

Evaluation of outcomes
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:


  • active participation and contribution to classes
  • written test
  • written reflections on readings
  • presentation of project plan mode of evaluation: written and oral

criteria of evaluation:

  • Understanding the course materials and the connection between diffent concepts
  • Ability to apply knowledge in practice


Compulsory reading list

  • Bernal, G. E., – Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2012): Cultural adaptations: Tools for evidence-based practice with diverse populations. American Psychological Association.
  • Dwairy, M. A. (2006): Counseling and psychotherapy with Arabs and Muslims: A culturally sensitive approach. Teachers College Press.
  • Fawcett, M. L., – Evans, K. M. (2012): .Experiential approach for developing multicultural counseling competence. Sage.
  • Goldenberg, H., & Goldenberg, I. (2012). Family therapy: An overview. Cengage Learning. Pedersen, P. B. – Carey, J. C. (2003):.Multicultural Counseling Schools: A Practical Handbook. Allyn & Bacon.
  • Ratts, M. J. – Pedersen, P. B. (2014): Counseling for multiculturalism and social justice: Integration, theory, and application. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Sue, D. W. – Gallardo, M.E. –Neville H. E. (eds.) (2014): Case studies in multicultural counseling and therapy. Wiley.
  • Sue, D. W. – Sue, D. (2012): Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice. John Wiley & Sons.
  • American Psychological Association. (2011): Guidelines for psychological practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients.
  • American Psychological Association. (2002). Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organization Change for Psychologists.