Developing Clinical Trainees’ Multicultural Counseling Competencies Through Working with Refugees in a Multicultural Psychotherapy Practicum: a Mixed-Methods Investigation
Author ORCID Identifier
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0493-4105 : Ben C H Kuo
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Multicultural counseling competence, Multicultural counselling training, Refugee, Practicum, Mixed-methods
Using a longitudinal mixed-methods research design, the present study examined the development of multicultural competence and skills among 14 doctoral-level clinical trainees across three cohort groups, through providing counseling and therapy to refugees within a multicultural psychotherapy practicum. The results show that trainees reported significant increases in all domains of the measures of multicultural counseling competencies and self-efficacy as they worked with refugee clients between pre- and post-practicum, with medium to large effect sizes. The results of the Multi-Level Model analysis of trainees’ coded, post-session qualitative journals further revealed that the trainees’ growth curve for developing multicultural counseling and therapy skills was characterized by a non-linear pattern. Finally, trainees’ qualitative journal narratives additionally highlighted profound and nuanced cognitive, affective, behavioral, and interpersonal learning impacts and gains through this refugee-servicing practicum. Implications and recommendations for future multicultural counseling training and research are considered.
Funding Reference Number
Kuo, Ben C. H.; Soucie, Kendall; and Huang, Siqi. (2019). Developing Clinical Trainees’ Multicultural Counseling Competencies Through Working with Refugees in a Multicultural Psychotherapy Practicum: a Mixed-Methods Investigation. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 1-20.
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This research was partially supported by the University of Windsor’s Internal Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant (HSSRG 810050) awarded to the first author.