Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

Educational Studies

First Advisor

Ryan G. Carlson

Abstract

To account for and adjust to the diversifying communities in the United States, CACREP, the ACA, and AMCD are making strides to increase counselor competence. Their efforts have involved incorporating standards that govern counselor training and practice to ensure counselors’ development of multicultural competence. In recent literature, researchers have proposed cultural humility development to further enhance the development of counselor cultural awareness and sensitivity, however there are minimal studies exploring the relationship between current multicultural training practices and the development of cultural humility characteristics of counselor trainees’ in CACREP-accredited counselor education programs. The current study has two primary aims: (1) to review the literature on multicultural practices that specifically focus on developing counselor trainees’ cultural humility, (2) to explore the relationship between multicultural training, broaching behaviors, and development of counselor trainees’ cultural humility using a survey design study, and (3) to explore the relationship between experiencing culturally missed opportunities and cultural humility development in counselor education programs. A correlational research design using latent variable modeling will explore relationships between cultural humility development and the current training practices of counselor trainees within counselor education. Anticipated findings of this study are (1) there will be a positive relationship between current multicultural training practices and counselor trainees’ development of cultural humility; (2) there will be a positive association between broaching behaviors and counselor trainees’ development of cultural humility and (3) culturally missed opportunities will have a mediating effect on multicultural training practices, broaching behaviors, and cultural humility development. Lastly, implications of these anticipated findings within CACREP-accredited counselor education programs and the counseling profession will be highlighted.

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