Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs


Don Trahan Jr

Publication Date



Counselor education programs aim to provide students with curricula that will enable them as clinicians to effectively engage culturally diverse populations. In contemporary society, it is almost certain that counselors will encounter clients whose cultural background differs from that of their own (Remley & Herlihy, 2010). According to the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) section F.11, counselor educators are expected to actively infuse multicultural and/or diversity competencies into their training and supervision practices. While the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) provides counselor educators with ethical guidelines that are expected to assist its members in constructing a professional course of action, there are still loopholes. Although counselor education programs are expected to address multicultural issues that arise in our diverse society, it appears that many programs lack specific strategies for doing so (Holcomb-McCoy & Bradley, 2003). There are no universal standards for "how" counselor educators are to infuse multiculturalism and/or diversity into their teaching practices. The results from this multicase study identify commonalities for infusing multiculturalism and/or diversity into one's teaching practices from the lenses of nine counselor educators from three regions of the United States. Implications for practice and future research are offered.


Counselor education, Teaching practices, Multiculturalism, Ethical decision-making, Student-centered, Contemporary society

Document Type




Degree Name

Counselor Education

Level of Degree


Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Advisor

Keim, Jeanmarie

First Committee Member (Chair)

Goodrich, Kristopher

Second Committee Member

Chavez, Alicia

Third Committee Member

Noll, Elizabeth

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