Cultural Competency Specialist
Please note, this page is for those who purchased the Cultural Competency Specialist prior to 12/5/2020. For information on the revised Culturally Sustaining School Counseling Specialist, click here.
The United States is becoming more racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse, which means so are its schools. Furthermore, culture is a powerful and pervasive influence on students, stakeholders and school counselors’ attitudes and behaviors. For that reason, there is a critical need for multicultural education in all K-12 schools, no matter the demographic.
School counselors are in a position to improve cultural responsiveness by collaborating with stakeholders to create a school and community climate that embraces cultural diversity and helps to promote students’ academic, career and social/emotional success. Learn how you can foster increased awareness, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity in the school community through culturally responsive school counseling. View the Specialist syllabus.
Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:
- Explain the need for multicultural education in K-12 schools
- Recognize the value of incorporating multicultural education in schools
- Critically reflect on your own counseling experiences and practices involving race and equity, including identifying your own bias thinking
- List ways one can become more culturally competent
- Discuss the school counselors’ role in leading multicultural education efforts
- Describe how to deliver culturally competent school counseling through the framework of the ASCA National Model
- Evaluate and assess the current systems in their school
- Design and implement multicultural education interventions in your school counseling core curriculum, group counseling and schoolwide activities
Graduate credit is available for an additional fee.
Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately.
- Book: "Making Diversity Work: Creating Culturally Competent School Counseling Programs"
- Book: "School Counselor Resource Series: Managing the Three C’s: Culture, Class and Conflict”
- ASCA Position Statement: The School Counselor and Cultural Diversity
- ASCA Position Statement: The School Counselor and Equity for All Students
- Journal article: Supporting Interethnic and Interracial Friendships Among Youth to Reduce Prejudice and Racism in Schools: The Role of the School Counselor
- Journal article: Empowering Chicana/o and Latina/o High School Students: A Guide for School Counselors
- Journal article: Gender and Ethnic Bias in Letters of Recommendation: Considerations for School Counselors
- Journal article: An Investigation of School Counselor Self-Efficacy with English Language Learners
- Journal article: Forecasting an Inclusive Future: School Counseling Strategies to Deconstruct Educational Heteronormativity
- Journal article: Are School Counselors Impacting Underrepresented Students' Thinking About Postsecondary Education?
- Magazine article: Transgender Student Support
- Magazine article: Myth Busters
- Magazine article: Close but Far
- Magazine article: A Journey to Cultural Proficiency
- Magazine article: Generational Diversity: From Millennials to Baby Boomers
- Magazine article: Our Role in Cultural Competency
- Magazine article: Cultural Competence and Ethical Action: Can’t have one Without the Other
- Magazine article: Will We Overcome?
- Magazine article: Teach the Children Well
- Magazine article: Serve All
- Magazine article: Immigrant Aid
- Resource: Promoting Educators’ Cultural Competence To Better Serve Culturally Diverse Students
- Resource: Examining your school’s climate (Complete the following: School Climate Questionnaire and Map It Out)
- Resource: Strategies for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Prejudice: Essential Principles for Program Design
- Resource: Mix it up at lunch day
- Resource: Culturally Competent Crisis Response: Information for Crisis Teams
- Webinar: Culturally Competent School Counseling
- Webinar: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- Webinar: Interrupting Racism: Race & Equity in Your Program
- Webinar: Build Multiculturally Aware Students
- Podcast: TEDTalk - What does my headscarf mean to you?
- Podcast: TEDTalk - What do you think when you look at me?
- Podcast: TEDTalk - Teach teachers how to create magic
How to Get Started
- Read/view the above assignments.
- Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA." Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
- Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.